find resources:
Basic Needs
For Los Angeles County, visit the Recorder or County Clerk where you were born - Search for local office info near you below

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For outside of Los Angeles County, contact the Vital Records office where you were born.  In most cases, online ordering is available.
There are also some places that can help you get birth certificates for a fee. Click the button to visit their website

 

For an ID or Driver’s License visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) To avoid a wait, an appointment is helpful. Click here to make one online. - Search for local office info below. 

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General Relief may be able to help with money. The help lasts for a few months. Apply in person. Search to find a local office near you below. 


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CalFresh (food stamps) can help with food every month. Click the button to apply online

 

There are shelter options that can provide a place to sleep for the night. - Search for local resources near you below

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Access Centers or Drop-In Centers have showers and meals
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MediCal is available for health insurance. Apply online here. - Search for local office info near you below

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For current health needs or to see a doctor today, visit a community clinic. - Search for local community clinic info near you below

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There are groups usually run by other ex-offenders that can help with the transition to life outside. - Search to find local group info near you below

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Some agencies can provide clothes, either low-cost or free. - Search for local resources near you below

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There are tattoo removal programs for free or low-cost. - Search for local resources near you below

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Find help using buses and Metro at GO511.comCall 5-1-1 to talk to someone. - Search for local bus service info near you below

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There may be help with paying for bus fare. - Search for local info near you below

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