Butte County running low on birth, marriage, death certificate paper

Aug 11, 2015 2:23 PM by News Staff

The supply of secure paper used to print birth, marriage and death certificates is scarce, and Butte County has been forced to limit the amount of certificates issued.

The sudden closure of an Ohio based banknote printing company has left California with a shortage of the secure paper used for printing birth, marriage and death certificates.

As a result, the Butte County Clerk-Recorder’s office will issue just one marriage certificate per requestor, and all requests for birth and death certificates will be referred to the Department of Public Health’s Vital Statistics Office in Oroville.

Additional copies may be ordered through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and may take up to eight weeks to process.

Limiting requests for original certificates to one per requestor is a short-term solution. Butte County is currently working to place an order with the only other supplier of the required paper. California State and county offices are working on a long-term solution to prevent future shortages.


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