Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates. In some jurisdictions, vital records may also include records of civil unions or domestic partnerships.
The San Benito County Clerk’s division maintains copies of these records. It is important to note that only records of events that happened within San Benito County (birth and death) or were sold in the county (marriage) will be found in our office.
For a fee (please see our fee schedule), and upon request, copies of these records may be obtained by authorized individuals.
Generally, authorized individuals include:
- The person listed on the certificate
- Child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the person listed on the certificate (not applicable to Confidential Marriages)
- A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.
- A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency.)
- An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate. (If you are requesting a Certified Copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with this application form.)
Those who are not authorized by law to receive a certified copy, may receive a certified copy marked “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”