Public Health Department (PHD)



    On December 7, 2017 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for San Diego and Santa Barbara Counties due to the effect of multiple fires.

    Pursuant to the Proclamations of State of Emergency, All fees for certified copies of birth, death, marriage and dissolution of marriage records are suspended for any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires.

    If you have been affected by the fires, you can obtain free Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates to replace your documents.
    Click here for application and combined sworn statement: Birth Certificate Request   Death Certificate Request
    (Marriage and Dissolution Request go through the SB County Recorder's Office).


    Office Location:
    345 Camino Del Remedio
    3rd Floor, Blg. 4, Rm. 320
    Santa Barbara, CA 93110


    Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
    Closed for lunch 12 pm - 1pm

    **Santa Barbara County Health Clinic building will be closed from
     8:00 am - 9:30 am the second Tuesday and the fourth Friday of every month.
    Access to Vital Records will resume after 9:30 am on those days**


    The Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all births and deaths and issuing burial permits in Santa Barbara County. We also issue certified copies of Birth and Deaths for the current year and some previous years.  Please see links below for information.


    Birth Certificate Requests Newborns to 5 years oldDeath Certificates 2017 - 2018Birth Certificates prior to 2013 Death Certificates
    Frequently Asked QuestionsAmendmentsApostilles and AuthenticationsMortuary Information

    In an attempt to stop the illegal use of vital records, and as part of statewide efforts to reduce identity theft, a new law was established on July 1, 2013 to change the way certified copies of birth certificates are issued. Certified Copies to establish the identity of a registrant can be issued only to authorized individuals, as indicated below. All others will be issued Certified Informational Copies that are not valid to establish identity. Per California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526.

    • The registrant, parent, or legal guardian of the registrant
    • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant
    • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney of 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 law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, conducting official business.
    • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any other person or agency empowered by statue or appointed by a court to act on the behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate.
    • A funeral director or employee of a funeral establishment that orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive of subdivision (a) of Section 7100. 


    Office of Vital Records- 345 Camino Del Remedio, 3rd Floor, Rm. 320, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    Telephone: (805)681-5150; Fax: (805)681-5141