Vital Records

The California Department of Public Health is in charge of the vital records for the state. Essentially, they keep tabs on a number of different key events in life, just in case you would like to have access to information on them later on. They maintain birth certificates and marriage certificates. The Department of Public Health in the state of California also has records on death, divorce, adoptions and stillbirths. If you would like to receive these records at any point in time, you have a number of options as to how you may do so. All you have to do is go to the place where the license or certificate was issued and ask for a copy. Some institutions will even allow you to order your records online.

If you are planning to become a new driver in California, you should have your birth certificate handy as proof of identity when you head to the DMV for your big day. A birth certificate is the most common vital record required when obtaining a new driver license in the state of California, so be sure to have a valid copy on hand at all times.