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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

A certified copy of a death certificate can typically be used to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes.

General Information: 916-445-2684

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Frequently Asked Questions

Informational pamphlets and copies of all our applications for certified copies of birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates can be downloaded online.
A certified copy can be used to establish the identity of the person named on the certificate, whereas a certified informational copy CANNOT be used to establish identity. Persons who are not eligible to receive a certified copy can receive a certified informational copy. Both types of documents are certified copies of the original document on file with our office. Depending on the exact year of event, some Certified Informational Copies will have signatures and Social Security numbers removed.  For more information, please refer to the application of the vital record you are seeking, or view our page, Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy.

Related Links

Application for Certified Copy of Death Record

application to receive certified copies of death records. All others will be issued Certified Informational Copies marked with the legend, “Informational, Not A. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/VS112.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Mar 23, 2016 ... How do I obtain an application to request a certified copy of a vital record? ... in the same manner as requests for birth and death certificates. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/FrequentlyAskedQuestions.aspx

Correcting or Amending Vital Records

Feb 14, 2017 ... Type of Request. Affidavit to Amend a Birth Record (PDF) Opens a new browser window. Affidavit to Amend a Death Record (PDF) Opens a ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CorrectingorAmendingVitalRecords.aspx

Birth, Death, Fetal Death, Still Birth & Marriage Certificates

Mar 3, 2014 ... California birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage and divorce records are maintained by the California Department of Public Health Vital ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar

Certified Copies of Birth & Death Records

Oct 12, 2016 ... Obtaining Certified Copies of Birth & Death Records. Note: Processing fees are deposited upon receiving your request. Please allow 3-4 weeks ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofBirthDeathRecords.aspx

Certified Copies of Fetal Death & Still Birth Records

Oct 14, 2016 ... Obtaining Certified Copies of Fetal Death & Still Birth Records. Note: Processing fees are deposited upon receiving your request. Please allow ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/CertifiedCopiesofFetalDeathStillBirth.aspx

Certified Copy of Birth and Death Records

Nov 1, 2010 ... Who can apply for a delayed birth certificate? Only the person whose birth is being registered, if he or she is at least 18 years of age at the ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/DelayedRegistrationofBirthPAMPHLET-(01-14)-MERGED.pdf

Processing Times

Mar 23, 2016 ... The processing time begins when we receive your request. ... Birth, Death, Fetal Death Records - 15 Business Days (updated 3/22/16); Public ... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/ProcessingTimes.aspx