Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What birth and death records are available?
A: We currently have birth records back to 1960. We currently have death records back to 1993. To obtain copies of records that occurred before 1960 for birth and 1993 for death, contact the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder at (562) 462-2137 or visit their website at www.lavote.net
Q: What if the birth or death occurred outside the city of Pasadena?
A: The Pasadena Vital Records Office does not maintain records for births or deaths occurring outside the City of Pasadena. Records for events that did not occur in the City of Pasadena but took place in Los Angeles County may be obtained from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder. To obtain copies of these records, contact the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder at (562) 462-2137 or visit their website at www.lavote.net
Q: How do I make changes to a birth record?
A: An amendment can be submitted directly to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR) to correct spelling errors, add information to blank items, and correct the spelling of parents’ names or correct statistical information (i.e., birth date error).
Amendments cannot be used to completely change a first, middle or last name without a court order. More information can be obtained by going to the CDPH-VR website or calling their customer service at (916) 445-2684. Forms for amending a birth record are available at our office.
Q: Is there a charge for returned checks?
A: Yes, there is a $35.00 fee for each returned check.
Q: How can I add the father’s name to my child’s birth certificate (when father’s name field is blank)?
A: There are different ways to add a father’s
- By completing the Declaration of Paternity – You must comply with few requirements in order to do this process: the person to be listed as “father”, must be the biological father; the mother must not be married to anyone else; and the father needs to be willing to be listed as such. The Declaration of Paternity process was created to facilitate those parents who are willing to add the father’s name without the need to go through a court process. Therefore, if the father is refusing to sign the Declaration of Paternity, the only way to establish paternity will be through a court process by performing a DNA test and obtaining a court order for adding the father’s name to it. Contact any Family Court for more detailed
- By court order – You must obtain a court order authorizing you to add the father’s name to the
- By marriage – If the parents got married after the child’s birth certificate was created and the father’s name was not listed on it, you may choose just to amend the record by completing the form, Acknowledgement of Paternity (VS22), and submitting it with a copy of the marriage license or certificate to the California Office of Vital Records in Sacramento, CA.
Q: I want to change the name on the Birth Certificate. What should I do?
A: A court order is necessary to change any part of a baby/person’s name or any part of the parents’ names except for adding a middle name (refer to the last paragraph of this section). Contact the Los Angeles County Superior Court – Family Division at:
Los Angeles Superior Court
110 N Grand Ave Ste 126
Los Angeles, CA 90012
A certified copy of the Court Order, the $23 fee, and a completed Amendment to Reflect a Court Order Change of Name form must be sent to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR). Visit their website at www.cdph.ca.gov. A copy of the amended Certificate will be forwarded to you as part of the fee. The Amendment form is available at our office or at any local California registrar’s office.
Adding an infant’s middle name when there is no middle name will not require a court order. However, you must fill out the Affidavit to Amend a Record form (VS-24) that is available at our office or any local California registrar’s office. Send the completed form to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records. If the change occurs after one year from date of birth, you must also include the $23 fee to make the change and obtain a copy of the amended Birth record.