Important Forms

Birth & Death Certificates
County Recorder’s Office
701 Ocean St., Room 230. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-2800, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

For information on obtaining a birth or death certificate online, in person, or by mail, use one of the following links:

Driver’s License / I.D. Card
DMV Office:
4200 Capitola Road, Capitola, 95010

Library Card

Why should I have a library card? Besides allowing you to check out books, CDs, videos and other media, your library card gives you access from home to many commercial databases and special services. For a directory of library services, click here.
Who can have a library card?
Library cards are available free to local residents 5 years of age or older.
How do I apply for a library card?
You may apply for a library card in person at any one of the branch libraries. If you like, you may start the process by printing off the application form, available in pdf format. Bring the filled-out form and your ID to your nearest branch library to complete the process.

Social Security
169 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Office Open Monday-Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Local number: (831) 426-8111
Toll free: 1-800-772-1213

The Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5) can be used by anyone who has never been issued a card, needs a replacement card or has changed his or her name. THIS SERVICE IS FREE, but please read the Fact Sheet before applying.

Voter Registration
Gail Pellerin, County Clerk
701 Ocean Street, Room 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4076
(831) 454-2060
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Don’t know if you’re currently registered to vote? To find out, contact the Santa Cruz County elections office (contact info above).

Who can register? You may register to vote in California if:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election)
  • You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. For more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State’s Voting Guide for Inmates.
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent

For more information about how to register and registration deadlines, click HERE or see the Frequently Asked Questions about Voter Registration.


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