Some incorrect information on a vital record can be corrected by amending the record. To amend a record, a "Request to Amend a Vital Record" may be completed and mailed to the California State Office of Vital Records. If the amendment is filed within a year of the event, there is no charge. If more than a year has passed since the event, there will be a $20 processing fee. Once the request has been processed, you may purchase a new certified copy of the record from the County of which the event occurred or the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records.
The "Request to Amend a Vital Record" form is available from the Vital Statistics Division of the Placer County Health Department, the Placer County Clerk-Recorder or the California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records. For further information on what information on a birth or death record can be amended, please contact the Vital Statistics Division of the Placer County Health Department at 530-889-7158.
Please Note: It can take from 7 to 12 months for an amendment to be processed by the State.