Medical Records

Birth Certificates: Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I have not received my baby's birth certificate. Can Valley Presbyterian send this to me?

Answer: Valley Presbyterian Hospital obtained the information from you during your maternity stay to populate the birth certificate. The actual birth certificate comes from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records.

To obtain a copy of the birth certificate you will need to contact the Office of Vital Records at one of the following locations:

Downtown Los Angeles
313 North Figueroa St, Rm L-1, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213)240-7812
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Van Nuys
14340 West Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 376-3700
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The fee for a copy of the birth certificate is $28. Payment can be made by cash, check or money order. You also must present a valid photo ID to request a birth certificate.

Note: Same-day service is available for birth records that occurred from 1975 to present. Copies of birth records occurring prior to 1975 are mailed within 15 working days.

Question: I completed paperwork for my baby's social security card during my maternity stay, but have not received the card. What should I do?

Answer: In order to get the social security number, you will need to contact the U.S. Social Security Office. The closest office to the hospital is:

Social Security Office
14500 Roscoe Blvd, Suite 207
Panorama City, CA 91402
Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Hours: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Question: I am traveling with my baby and must have the birth certificate in order to get a passport. Can I rush order the birth certificate?

Answer: Rush requests are possible within five days. You must bring proof of travel (airline tickets, etc.) with you. You must be traveling in less than one month. There is a $40 additional charge for each birth certificate copy. Call the Valley Presbyterian Hospital Birth Registry office for more details (818) 902-3953.