A birth certificate is one of the most important documents your baby will have in his or her lifetime. With your cooperation in furnishing the necessary information, our Medical Records Department will prepare and send the appropriate information for proper registration in Alameda County and the State of California.
To obtain a certified copy of your or your baby's birth certificate,
Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office
1106 Madison Street
Oakland, California 94607
You can also order vital records online from the Alameda County Clerk- Recorder's Office .
Provide your baby's name, birth date, parents' names and the address to which the certificate is to be sent. Be sure to enclose a check or money order as indicated. It is advisable that you purchase a copy as soon as possible. The suggested time to do this is one month after the birth. (It takes approximately that much time to be recorded.) Please don't send your money or check to the hospital or pay any hospital personnel. The money must be paid directly to the Clerk-Recorder's Office.
If you are not married, California State law requires both parents to sign a "Declaration of Paternity" form prior to the father's name being put on the birth certificate. If the father is not present, you may add his name to the birth certificate at a later date after you obtain the proper forms from the County Clerk-Recorder.