certification vs. certificate (vital records)

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I would like to know the meaning exactly of "certification" in a birth or marriage certificate. I would like to know why they use "certification of vital record" instead of "certificate of vital record"


State of California
Certification of Vital Record
City and County of San Francisco
License and Certificate of Marriage
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I believe it is because the department's function is to provide certification (valid proof) of vital records: births, deaths, marriages. The department is not a certificate. :)
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