Community Information Database
HSA Public Health Department Birth and Death Certificates
|General Agency Information|
|Name:||HSA Public Health Department Birth and Death Certificates|
|Alternate Name(s):||Office of Vital Records|
Santa Cruz County Birth & Death Certificates
|Address:||1430 Freedom Boulevard|
Watsonville, CA 95076
|Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:||Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm|
|Description:||If birth or death occurred before 2012:
County Recorder/Clerk's Office
701 Ocean St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 454-2800
Recorder's Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
If Birth or Death Occurred Between 2013-2015:
Office of Vital Records
1430 Freedom Boulevard
Watsonville, CA 95076
Map and Directions
(Send mail to:
P.O. Box 962
Santa Cruz, CA 95061)
Hours: Monday-Friday; 9am-4pm
An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth or death record is required to obtain:
A driver's license, passport, social security card, and other services related to a person's identity.
Insurance benefits, or to close personal business of the deceased.
Those who are not eligible to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a birth or death record may receive an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the certificate.
Individuals permitted to received an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a death or birth certificate are:
1.The registrant, or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
2.A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
3.A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.
4.A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another government agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
5.An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate.
6.A funeral director ordering certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of the registrant's family.
PLEASE NOTE: The County of Santa Cruz can only provide certificates for births or deaths that occurred in Santa Cruz County, regardless of the place of residence. For births or deaths occurring outside Santa Cruz county, please contact the county where the birth or death occurred.
*If you plan to obtain a Certified Copy in person, you MUST sign the sworn statement in the presence of the Deputy Registrar.
*If you mail your request, your sworn statement must be notarized. You must sign the request in the presence of the notary. If your mailed request indicates that you want an Authorized Certified Copy, but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be returned to you without being processed.
FEES: Birth certificates $83.00, Death certificates $21.00
|Languages other than English:||Spanish|
|Accommodations for Disabled:||Wheelchair Access|
|Public Transportation:||Call for information|
|Fees:||See Description Notes|
|Areas Served:||Santa Cruz County|
|Funding Source:||County Government|
|Parent Agency:||Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz County|
|This record last modified May 12, 2015|