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FAQ's

Records FAQs

How do I amend a birth or death certificate?

The Office of Vital Records in Sacramento is the agency that handles amendments to certificates of birth and death for the State of California. They may be reached at the following address: State of California, Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410, Phone 916-445-2684; Fax: 800-858-5553 or visit the California State Office of Vital Records website.

Where can I obtain a copy of my legal name change?

Legal name changes are under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Please contact the Court at (213) 830-0803 for assistance in this matter. You may also visit The Los Angeles Superior Court Website.

Where can I get a copy of an adoption decree?

If you are seeking the decree issued by the court and the adoption occurred in Los Angeles County, please contact the Los Angeles County Superior Court at (213) 830-0803 for assistance in this matter. You may also visit The Los Angeles Superior Court Website.

How can I get a Certificate of Identity for other states or countries?

Please have the notary strike out California and put the State or Country in which the form is notarized. The form will be accepted with the change.

Where can I get a copy of my divorce decree?

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk does NOT record or house divorce records or information.

Record information for divorce filings is available at the Los Angeles Superior Court where the divorce was filed. If the Superior Court location is not known, information can be obtained at the County Courthouse by calling at (213) 830-0803 or going to 111 North Hill St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012.

Divorce filings that took place within the Central Los Angeles area are transferred to the County Record Center (Archives) normally within two to three years of the filing.

Where do I file or get a copy of a will/probate?

Wills and probate matters are filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Please contact the Court at (213) 830-0803 for assistance in this matter. You may also visit The Los Angeles Superior Court Website.

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