Public Health Department (PHD)


The Vital Records office is responsible for registering all births and deaths and issuing burial permits in Santa Barbara County. The office is located at 345 Camino Del Remedio, 3rd Floor, Room 320, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM and closed for lunch from 12 PM-1 PM.


The Vital Records Office issues:  


Birth Certificates 

Only for the previous 5 years 

Form and Instructions    

Death Certificates 

Only for the previous 2 years 

Form and Instructions 

Death Certificates - Out of County Mortuaries***


Form and instructions


********* To obtain any older records, please contact the Santa Barbara County Recorder

office at 805-568-2250 or visit their website for more information. *********


Requesting a Certificate


When requesting a Certified Birth of Death Certificate in person, please bring your completed application. The Sworn Statement must be signed in the presence of the Local Registrar staff. Request received by mail must be accompanied by a notarized sworn statement. Click here to determine if you are eligible for a certified copy and for details about information copies.


Fees     *** New ***


Effective January 1, 2014, the fee for certified copies of California birth, death, and fetal death certificates will increase in accordance with various state statutes. All requests for birth or death certificates received after January 1, 2014 will require the new fee level.



Fee Effective January 1, 2014

Birth Certificate


Death Certificate


Fetal Death Certificate




Burial Permit


Mailing Fee per order*



* Either add fee to the total order or include a stamped envelope.  


If requesting by mail, send your completed application and include payment in the form of a personal check or money order. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.

Make payable to PHD-Vital Records.
Submit payments to:

Office of Vital Records
345 Camino Del Remedio, 3rd Floor, Rm. 320

Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Acceptable payment methods in person are cash, check, money order or credit card (except American Express).


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