County of Marin Health and Human Services

Vital Statistics - Birth and Death Records

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:            will be $25.00 per Certified copy

Death certificates:          will be $21.00 per Certified copy

Fetal Death certificates   will be $18.00 per Certified copy

Disposition Permits         will be $12.00 per permit

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

Note: Any applications received after January 1, 2014 with out the correct amount for fees, will be rejected for insufficient funds, causing a delay in your receipt of the requested documents. 

Current (2013) Cost: 

  • $20.00 for each birth certificate ordered
  • $16.00 for each death certificate ordered

Payment: check or money order only.  Cash is accepted for in-person orders only. 

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.

Please Note: 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.