Office of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics

Home Birth Appointment

Home births can be registered in our office by appointment.  The process is simple, but you will need to gather all the necessary documentation prior to scheduling an appointment with us.  

You may schedule an apointment (if available) any time during regular business hours.  The presence of the mother, child and a witness is required to register.  The process may take up to 1 hour (usually 30mins with no delays of any kind).   The witness can be anyone who was present at the birth, such as the father, Midwife, friends, etc.   

The birth MUST have occurred within the last 12months, otherwise a court order delayed registration is required. 



  • California State ID or Driver's License for parents (or passport)
  • Diagnosis of pregnancy from the physician or midwife (must be on letterhead)
  • Proof of residency in Berkeley such as an utility bill that covers the time of the birth
  • If the child was taken to a neighboring hospital after birth, bring notification of birth letter from the medical records department
  • Newborn Screening Test (PKU) results
  • Marriage License (if parents married)
  • Declaration of Paternity and acknowledment of Paternity (if parents are not married, these forms are available in our office) **
  • Declaration of Domestic Partnership (if established)
  • Affidavit of Birth Information for Out-of-hospital births (DO NOT sign this form prior to the appointment.  It MUST be signed in front of a clerk) *
  • Notification of Registration of Birth which occurred out of a licensed health facility NBS-OH completed **
  • Birth Certificate Application Form filled out, but not signed  *

* Forms available for download

** These Forms will be mailed to you upon your request for an appointment or you can wait to complete them at the date of your appointment.




City of Berkeley  
Office of Vital Statistics 
 1947 Center Street  - 2nd Floor 
Berkeley, CA 94704

*** Please check-in first with the security guard in the first floor ***





For your complete Out-of-Hospital Registration Package - Click here

Are you a Midwife and wish to ask some questions? Click here



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Office of Vital Statistics, 1947 Center Street 2nd.Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-5320
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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