Your Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) is an electronic vaccination record from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) and is an official record of the state of California.
There are two types of records you can access from the DVR Portal:
- COVID-19 QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader will display the same information as your paper CDC vaccine card: your name, date of birth, vaccination dates, and COVID-19 vaccine doses.
- Record of all your vaccinations that were reported by healthcare providers and pharmacies to CAIR. Includes your name, date of birth, vaccination dates, vaccines received, and future vaccine recommendations. Note that all of your vaccinations may not have been reported to CAIR.
The DVR portal allows you to readily access immunization records and can be used for school/childcare entry or work. Your DVR can also be printed. You may also continue to use other types of records as proof of vaccination, such as a digital or paper record from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.
Once you’ve completed your request, you will receive a link delivered to the email or mobile phone number associated with the vaccination record. * You have 24 hours from the time you receive the link to access your Digital Vaccine Record. After entering the four-digit PIN you created when submitting your request, you will see your vaccination information, including your name, date of birth, vaccination groups, dates, and vaccine manufacturers. For digital COVID-19 only requests, you will also receive a scannable QR code confirming your vaccination record is authentic.
* Note: If you are an iPhone user, you may need to check the “Unknown Senders” message folder of your iMessages, if your configuration includes it.
To find your record, try re-entering your information with a different email or mobile number. If your record still isn't found, contact your provider to update your vaccination record in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) or request a review of your record through the Virtual Assistant. You'll be notified of our findings and follow-up actions, generally within a week.
If the information on your Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) is incorrect (e.g., wrong dates or incorrect brand), you may need to request review of your vaccination record by submitting a request the Virtual Assistant . You will be notified of our findings and follow-up actions, generally within a week.
If doses are missing, we recommend contacting your healthcare provider to have them update your record by submitting the missing doses to the immunization registry (CAIR).
If you were vaccinated outside of California, you may request that your California healthcare provider submit your doses to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). You may upload vaccine records as proof of vaccination to the Virtual Assistant to help in our review of your vaccination record. For COVID-19 vaccines, you may upload a copy of your CDC card.
Yes. You have 24 hours from the time you receive the link to enter your four-digit PIN and access your Digital Vaccine Record (DVR). If you forget your pin or don't retrieve your DVR within 24 hours of receiving the link, you can start over and create a PIN at the DVR portal .
NOTE: Once you've accessed your DVR and saved it, new vaccinations will not automatically update to your record. You will need to go back to the DVR portal and obtain your records again to get the updated information.
When you request a review of your record through the Virtual Assistant , you will be asked to verify your identity. ID.me provides secure digital identity verification to make sure you are you—and not someone pretending to be you.
Follow the steps to create an ID.me account or log in with an existing account. Once you have successfully verified your identity, you may complete your request.
Yes. Requesting a vaccination record does not provide instant access to your Digital Vaccine Record (DVR). The link to your DVR requires a PIN that you create and is sent only to the mobile number or email associated with your vaccine record. To protect your privacy, the QR code on your digital COVID-19 record can only be scanned and read by a SMART Health Card-compliant device.
We recommend contacting your provider to find out if they are a part of the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). If they are enrolled, you may request they send your vaccination record to CAIR.
As of January 1, 2023, all vaccine doses administered in California are required to reported to CAIR. Prior to January 1, 2023, only COVID-19 vaccinations and all vaccinations given at pharmacies were required to be reported.
Yes. For both Android and Apple devices you can take a screenshot of a specific vaccine group on your mobile device or follow the instructions below to save your full Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) as a PDF. That PDF can also be printed.
- For Android users, click the "Download as PDF" button and it will save your DVR to your "My Files" application. Save and view.
- For iPhone users, click the "Download as PDF" button then select the app where you would like to save the PDF. Save and view. You can also save your full Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) to the Apple Health app. Tap the "Works with Apple Health" button on the DVR screen and save to the Health app.
Combination vaccines reduce the number of shots a child needs while protecting against that same number of diseases. If you have received combination vaccines, they may be listed multiple times across a combination of different vaccine groups on your Digital Vaccine Record, once for each disease they protect against.
The California Immunization Registry (CAIR) follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedules for children, adolescents, and adults. You can view the schedules on the CDC website.
Your Digital Vaccine Record will show the number of doses for each vaccine that you received. The vaccine will be labeled as complete, overdue, or with the date of when the next dose is due, according to the CDC vaccine schedule.
To promote health and prevent disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes vaccine recommendations in the United States. These recommendations, written as schedules, are set to protect infants, children, adolescents, and adults against vaccine-preventable diseases. The immunization schedules are carefully designed to provide protection at just the right time. You can view the schedules on the CDC website . The number of doses in a series and due dates on your Digital Vaccine Record reflect this CDC schedule.
Each state decides which vaccines are required for a child’s enrollment and attendance at a childcare facility or school in that state. You can learn more about the vaccine requirements in California for child care, kindergarten through 12th grades, and college on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website. Additionally, certain vaccines may be required by an employer or for international travel.
If you have received your mpox vaccination, it will display under the Smallpox vaccine group on your Digital Vaccine Record (DVR). There are different brands of mpox vaccine. The vaccine brand you received will be listed on your DVR.
If you receive an additional dose or booster dose of COVID-19, it will not automatically show on your previously generated COVID-19 vaccine record. You will need to start over in the Digital Vaccine Record Portal to retrieve a new QR code.
We recommend waiting 5 days for your new dose to show up on your immunization record.
Yes. For Android users, you can save your COVID-19 vaccine record to Google Pay with Android version 5 and Google Play Services version 21.18 or above.
Samsung users can also save their DVR to Samsung Pay by following the instructions below.
- Step One: Download the CommonHealth app from the Google Play Store and follow instructions to access your DVR by scanning the QR code or uploading the previously saved image.
- Step Two: Once you have access to your DVR within the CommonHealth app, click the “Add to Samsung Pay” link.
- Step Three: Open Samsung Pay and click “Covid-19 Vaccine Pass” from the homepage.
For iPhone users, how you save your DVR depends on your operating system:
- iOS 15.1 or later - Tap the "Add to Apple Wallet or Health" button on the QR code screen to save. You can also scan the QR code with your camera to save to your Apple Wallet or Health app.
- iOS 15.0 - Tap the "Works with Apple Health" button on the QR code screen to save to the Health app.
- iOS 14 or earlier - Take a screenshot or download the QR code as an image file.
Clinics vary in the length of time it takes to submit dose information to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). We recommend waiting 5 days for your dose to show up in the system. If your record is still not located, you may submit a request for review through the Virtual Assistant.
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Record includes a SMART Health Card QR code which can be used as proof of vaccination in select states and countries outside the US. Check with local authorities to see if they accept the SMART Health Card as proof of vaccination.
If you are a parent or guardian and have created multiple appointments with a single phone number or email, enter the requests one at a time to receive separate links for each vaccination record.
The Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) is a centralized electronic vaccination record from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), which all Californians can access at their fingertips! Information in the DVR includes name, date of birth, vaccination dates, vaccines received, and future vaccine recommendations.
To access their DVR, patients should visit the Digital Vaccine Record (DVR) portal (myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov) or use the QR code shown on the informational flyer for patients available in these languages: English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese . The DVR request form is also available in the languages listed above to support easy communication. Records are also printable in these languages! See our DVR FAQs for more information.
- Accurate and complete Digital Vaccine Records save money and staff time by eliminating urgent record requests and preventing staff from having to track down immunization histories.
- The DVR is secure – patients can only access their own or their child’s record.
- As an official record, the DVR allows patients to readily access immunization records (either complete or COVID-19-only) that can be used for school/childcare entry, work, or in the event of an emergency.
- The DVR reminds patients which vaccines are due when, increases patient demand for immunizations, and helps provider-patient communication about vaccine histories be more efficient.
- The DVR request form is available in multiple languages to support easy communication: English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Records are also printable in these languages!
If you are a healthcare provider that is currently enrolled in CAIR, you can submit data or make necessary updates to a patient's record for missing or incorrect vaccination history. You can also submit historical patient immunization information to ensure patients and other providers have a complete picture of patient vaccine histories and needs.
In addition to submitting doses administered into CAIR or Healthy Futures/RIDE, California law AB 1797 also requires all providers offering immunizations to submit patient race and ethnicity to support assessment of health disparities in immunization coverage. If you have questions about CAIR, submitting data to CAIR, or other related questions, visit How to Join California's Immunization Registry for more information.
To learn more about reporting requirements, visit the California Immunization Registry FAQs.
To submit historical doses through data exchange, please discuss submission options with your EHR vendor support and a CAIR Data Exchange Specialist (CAIRDataExchange@cdph.ca.gov). To manually enter historical doses, consult the CAIR2 Guide to Adding Historical Immunizations (PDF) or view the Adding Historical Immunizations video.