Government Services Guide



Obtain a copy of a California birth certificate

Apply for a new or replacement Social Security Card

California immunization guidelines for a child

Federal immunization guidelines for a child

Child support services


Starting School:

Look up any California public school district profile and ranking

Immunization guidelines to attend school

California Standardized CAASPP or CST

Contra Costa County Office of Education       

511 Contra Costa County School Transportation


Obtaining a Driver’s License:

Driver’s license information

California Driver’s Manual

California vehicle inspection information

California vehicle registration and title information

California driving laws

Change your name on your driver’s license


Bay Area Transportation:

BART Guide

Sign up for FastTrak

511 Contra Costa County Guaranteed Ride Home Program

511 Contra Costa County Commuter Program

511 Contra Costa County Employer Commute Programs

511 Contra Costa County Vanpool


Turning 18:

File for Selective Service

Register to Vote


Starting a Job:

California state employment site

Federal employment site

Filing for unemployment or disability

Filing for Social Security disability benefits

What you need to know about health insurance

Educator's License

Civil service exams

Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

Contra Costa Workforce Development Board

Contra Costa County Business Licenses General Information

Apply for a Contra Costa County Business License


Join the Military:

Air Force




Coast Guard


Getting Married:

Obtain a California Marriage License

Change your name on your Social Security Card

Change your name on your driver’s license

Change your address on your driver’s license

Obtain a copy of a California marriage record


Buying or Renting Your First Home:

Buying a home

Renting a home

Selling a home versus Doing home improvements

Home owners, condominium and renters insurance

HUD: Federal mortgage programs

Veterans Administration properties

Veterans Administration home loans

Affordable Housing in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Housing Authority

Pittsburg Housing Authority

Richmond Housing Authority

Public Housing Program

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)


Re-Entry Services:

Contra Costa County Reentry Network

Contra Costa County No Wrong Door Program

Contra Costa County Service Providers

Richmond Reentry Success Center

Contra Costa County Veterans Service Office



Planning for retirement

Filing for Social Security disability benefits

Long-term care and Medicare supplemental insurance information

Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (CCCERA)


Death of a loved one:

Obtain a California Death Certificate

VA cemeteries


Family and Workforce Services:

Contra Costa Child Services

Contra Costa Foster Care Services

Contra Costa County Family Justice Center

Contra Costa County Independent Living Skills Program

Sign up for Medi-Cal services

Contra Costa Medi-Cal services

Sign up for CalFresh (Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

CalWorks Welfare-to-Work Program

Contra Costa County Welfare-to-Work Program

CalWorks Child Care Program

Register for Contra Costa County CalWorks Child Care Program

Register for Head Start & Early Head Start programs

Contra Costa Economic Development Services

EASTBAY Works and Job Seekers

West Contra Costa Youth Programs


Health Services:

Contra Costa Health Services

Contra Costa Health Coverage

Contra Costa Health Topics

Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Contra Costa Residents