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Ordering Unrestricted Birth Certificate In Person
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Step 1: Come to the Clerk-Recorder's Office at 1106 Madison Street, Oakland, CA.
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Step 2: You will be asked to complete and sign a written application stating that you are an authorized requestor.
Step 3: Our office staff will attempt to locate the birth certificate you have requested. Please note the following:
  • The fee for any search of the birth files and records is $30.00 and shall be paid in advance by the applicant regardless of whether the certificate is found or not. You may pay by cash, debit/ATM, check (personal, company, bank, cashier's or traveler's) or money order.
  • Certificates from 1880 to 1939 will take up to 3 business days to complete. Certificates from 1940 to present can be completed the same day in most cases.
  • Some certificates may not be found in this office's files. In such a case, a research request must be sent to the State and completion of the order may take as long as 2 months.
  • Sometimes, a certificate may not be found in our records or the State's records. In such a case, a Certificate of No Record will be issued.




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