Vital Records


The Stanislaus County Office of Vital Records registers an average of 9,000 births and 4,000 deaths per year.

The Office of Vital Records reviews and registers all births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur in Stanislaus County in accordance with state guidelines. Further, Permits for Disposition of Human Remains are issued through this office. All original certificates are transmitted weekly to the State Office of Vital Records (OVR). Prior to transmitting the original certificates, copies are made for the County Clerk-Recorder. Certified copies are issued when a request is received in our office along with the properly completed forms and the current fee.

The information that is collected from these records provides valuable health and research data. This data allows health authorities a means of studying health problems and evaluating health programs; provides information to government agencies for education research; and provides planning for population estimation and for maternal and child health.

Home births are registered by appointment only with the required documentation provided by the parents. Home birth packets can be obtained by contacting our office.

Assist unwed mothers in placing the fathers name on a birth certificate by use of The Parent Opportunity Program (POP).

Provide assistance to persons who wish to amend records.

Our office has birth and death records available for the current year and the previous year ONLY. All other previous records can be obtained at the Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorders.

Office at:

or the State Office of Vital Records at:


Due to concerns about identity theft, California law protects birth and death certificates from misuse by restricting individuals allowed to receive authorized, certified copies.

California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only authorized individuals to receive authorized certified copies of birth or death records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy marked:


The law describes an authorized person as:

  • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
  • 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.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
  • 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.
  • A funeral director ordering certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

In order to obtain an authorized Certified Copy, you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the death certificate application form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. If you mail your request, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your mailed request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. (Note: A funeral director ordering copies on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code is not required to complete the notarized statement.)

Contact Information

Vital Records
830 Scenic Drive
Modesto, CA 95350

Contact Us:
(209) 558-8070 Phone
(209) 558-8078 Fax