County of Marin Health and Human Services

Vital Statistics - Birth and Death Records

Information on Service Adjustments During the COVID-19 Emergency

HHS is the County's largest department with more than 700 employees who work at many sites throughout Marin. Many HHS offices have reopened with limited staffing to the public. Staff will continue to provide services remotely when possible for safety reasons, and residents in need of HHS services should consider conducting conversations over the phone or email when possible. Please call ahead if you have an appointment or require in-person assistance.

  • Adult Protective Services: (415) 473-2774.
  • Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Ombudsman: (415) 473-7446.
  • Child Protective Services: (415) 473-7153.
  • Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1 (877) 410-8817, or visit c4yourself.com.
  • General Relief: (415) 473-3450.
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Line: 1 (888) 818-1115.
  • For information on resources and services specifically for older adults (persons 60+), persons with disabilities and family caregivers, call (415) 473-INFO (415) 473-4636 or email 473-INFO@marincounty.org.
  • HHS created a phone hotline, (415) 473-7191 (CRS 711), and an online contact form, for residents to contact staff with questions or concerns about the virus and about the county and community response. The call center is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and interpreter services are available.
  • Dial 711 for CA Relay Service (link is external)

As of March 17, 2020, Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) will be temporarily closing its public lobbies in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in its public spaces.

Community members can still access the services and benefit programs the Department provides; however, HHS is encouraging they do so in ways that limit exposure, such as through telephone appointments or online services.

Birth and Death records are maintained at the Marin County Vital Statistics Office for the current year and previous year only.

To obtain a Birth or Death Certificate by mail, please download the application from this site, or call 415.473.6876 to have an application mailed to you.

The Sworn Statement portion of the application must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. The Notary will then complete the Certificate of Acknowledgment portion of the application.

If you are requesting an Informational Copy instead of a Certified Copy, it is not necessary to complete the Sworn Statement or use a Notary Public.

Applications are mailed to:

  • Vital Statistics Office
  • 10 N. San Pedro Road
  • San Rafael, CA 94903

Please include a check payable to 'County of Marin.' Death certificates are $21 each. Birth certificates are $25 each.

HHS will be restricting access to its public lobbies effective 3/17/2020, until further notice.

Marin County Health and Human Services is committed to serving its community in these times of need. We are implementing these cautionary measures to protect the health and safety of the community members by following guidance from our State and Public Health Officials.

Please visit http://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus for the latest Marin County HHS updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Birth and Death Certificates:

Marin County birth and death records are maintained at the Marin County Office of Vital Statistics for the current year and the previous year only. The County Recorder's Office located at 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 232 maintains copies of all Marin County birth and death records. Birth and Death Certificates can be requested either in person or by mail.

Requesting Records:

The California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only authorized individuals to receive 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 "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."

In order to obtain a Certified Copy, you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth or 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.

Birth Certificates

$25.00 per Certified copy

Death Certificates

$21.00 per Certified copy

Fetal Death Certificates

$18.00 per Certified copy

Disposition Permits

$12.00 per permit

Payment:

Payable by Cash, Check, or Money Order ONLY. We do not accept credit cards for payment.*

*Any applications received with out the correct amount for fees, will be rejected for insufficient funds, causing a delay in your receipt of the requested documents.

Timeframe for Processing Requests:

The birth or death certificate will be mailed to you at the address indicated on the "Applicant Information" section of the application form within 2 to 3 business days of receipt of application.

Birth record must be received by Marin County Office of Vital Statistics from the hospital of birth before a birth can be registered and birth certificate produced. If receipt of the birth certificate is time-sensitive, please call the Marin County Office of Vital Statistics to verify that record has been received from hospital.

Appointments:

Certificates can be obtained on a drop-in basis at 10 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 94903. Appointments are not required except for home births see information below.

Home Birth:

Appointments required to register a home birth. Staff will provide additional information when booking your appointment.