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"Certificate of No Record"

"Certificate of No Record"

Posted: 5 Jun 2013 12:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 5 Jun 2013 12:10AM GMT
When researching a birth certificate here in California, I received a response from the County saying records could not be released, in essence "Certificate of no record". I know the birth in question took place. Why would the county send me this response?

Does anyone know what "Certificate of No Record" might mean?

Re: "Certificate of No Record"

Posted: 6 Jun 2013 1:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
A search on the web seems to indicate that it just means a certificate could not be found given the information provided. Perhaps the birth occurred in a different county.

Re: "Certificate of No Record"

Posted: 26 Jul 2013 5:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Jul 2013 5:26PM GMT
I think it not unreasonable, especially given that you presumably paid for the certificate, that you should just ask the County direct what exactly they mean by "certificate of No Record" and why precisely the record cannot apparently be released......

If you can't get a straight answer out of them, then kick up a fuss along the lines of freedom of information, public records are supposed to be public, plain speaking from government, good service by public servants etc.

I assume they still kept your money? In which case I would say you also have a legitimate gripe along the lines of 1) value for money and 2) actually getting what you agreed to pay for.

You applied for and agreed to pay for the certificate for the birth of your particular person in good faith and presumably with reasonable confidence that the person was born in the county - not for a certificate to say that they can't find and/or release the record. In the event that the record simply doesn't exist at the records office, then I would still expect them to give some sort of clearer explanation along with likely reasons. e.g. lost in fire or many citizens were illiterate and did not bother much with documentation and county records.



Re: "Certificate of No Record"

Posted: 28 Nov 2013 10:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Nov 2013 10:14PM GMT
I don't know about California but Iowa issues a certificate that states no birth record could be found and that the fee was consumed in the search for the certificate.
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