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Vital Records In Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 462-2137

Has birth records from 1876, death records from 1877, and marriage records from 1852. In 1971, confidential marriages became an option in addition to conventional marriages. Confidential marriage records are available only to the spouses or by court order and cannot be searched using the marriage indexes. Mail requests should be sent to:

Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
P.O. Box 53120, Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120.

For an additional fee, requests can be faxed to (562) 864-3469. Only the Norwalk address has records available for viewing. Walk-in requests for Los Angeles County vital records can also be placed at:

7807 S. Compton Ave., Room 215, Los Angeles, (323) 586-6192;
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., 6th Floor, Los Angeles (310) 727-6142;
14340 W. Sylvan St., Van Nuys, (818) 374-7176;
4716 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 260-2991;
and 335-A East Avenue K-6, Lancaster (661) 723-4494.

Birth records for persons who were adopted or had a name change are only available from the Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics in Sacramento.

Divorce records may be ordered online at, or by mail at Archives and Records Center, 222 N. Hill St., Rm. 212, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Orders are not accepted over the phone.

Ordering case documents requires a case number. To search for a civil case number, provide the names of the parties and the year the case was filed to civil index staff members. For the index to divorces filed 1983 or after, call the civil index clerk at 213-830-0198.  For the index to divorces filed before 1983, you will need to go in-person to the Archives and Records Center or write them a letter.

For further information on vital records, please call the History and Genealogy Reference Desk at (213) 228-7400.

The California Birth Records index 1905-1995.

Some indexing on deaths prior to 1905.

The California Death Records index 1940- 1997.