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Birth Certificates

How to Order a Birth Certificate:

  1. Birth must have occurred in Kern County
    1. a. Birth certificates are available through Vital Records at Public Health for births occurring from 1960 to present 
    2. b. Certificates for births occurring prior to 1960 can be obtained from the County Recorder’s Office
  2. Fees: $25.00 per copy for both certified or informational certificates
  3. There are two ways you can request a birth certificate:
    1. By Mail
    2. In-Person
      Monday – Friday excluding holidays
      8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
      Kern County Office of Vital Records
      1800 Mt Vernon Ave, 1st Floor
      Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
      Telephone: (661) 321-3000
    3. Order through Vital Check 

Additional Resources

Born in another California County
State Office of Vital Records

Born outside of California
Center for Health Statistics Links to State Vital Records

Death Certificates

How to Order a Death Certificate:

  1. Death must have occurred in Kern County
  2. Death certificates may be obtained from Vital Records at Public Health for years of death from 1993 to present.
    Certificates for deaths occurring prior to 1993 can be obtained from the County Recorder’s Office 
  3. Fees:
    $21.00 per copy for both certified or informational death certificates
    $18.00 per copy for both certified or informational fetal death certificates
  4. There are three ways you can request a death certificate:
    1. By Mail (Public)
    2. By Mail (Funeral Establishment)
    3. In-Person
      • Monday – Friday excluding holidays
        8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.Kern County Office of Vital Records
        1800 Mt Vernon Ave, 1st Floor
        Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
        Telephone: (661) 321-3000
    4. Order through Vital Check 

Additional Resources

Death occurred in another California County
State Office of Vital Records

Death occurred outside of California
Center for Health Statistics Links to State Vital Records

Contact Us

Kern County Office of Vital Records
1800 Mt Vernon Ave, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Excluding Holidays) Telephone: (661) 321-3000
FAX: (661) 868-0201 
Email: phvitalstatistics@kerncounty.com