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Birth Registration

Hospital Births

For every birth, birth information is collected and completed by a designated birth recorder at each birthing hospital in Santa Clara County and is sent to Vital Records and Registration (VRR) office for registration. 
Out of Hospital Births (e.g. home, ambulance or car en route)
Parents who have a baby out of the hospital must register the birth with VRR directly.
  1. A home birth packet must be obtained and completed. If you do not have PDF view/print capability, call the office to obtain a home birth packet by mail.
  2. Call the office at 1(408) 885-2010 to set-up an appointment for signing required documents.
  3. Please be sure to keep your appointment with all required parties.  If you are late to your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule. Click here for driving directions.  


Purchasing a Birth Certificate

The Santa Clara County Office of the Clerk-Recorder offers birth certificates for sale starting at four weeks after the birth. They fulfill online, mail order, or in-person requests.

Correcting or Amending Certificates

The California State Office of Vital Records (OVR) has published a variety of informative pamphlets that describe different amendment options in detail—from correcting a minor spelling error to adding a father to the birth certificate. Not sure which form you need? Try looking on our Frequently Asked Questions page, or call us at 1(408) 885-2010 for more information.
Original forms must be used and submitted to the state. Forms can be obtained from our office, a local registrar office in another county, any County Recorder’s office, or ordered online from the California State OVR Forms page. 

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Vital Records & Registration
976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste. 1300
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 1(408) 885-2010 
Fax:    1(408) 885-4899 
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays


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