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Death Certificates

Death certificates and permits for disposition of human remains are usually prepared by a funeral director and signed by a physician. The law is very strict about who may request and receive authorized, certified copies of death certificates. Its intent is to protect an individual's privacy and keep their personal information safe from identity theft. Only those listed in the application are authorized to obtain certified copies of birth/death certificates:

Informational Only Copy

(requires cash or check only)
Those who do not meet the criteria for an authorized certified copy may receive an informational only copy. The words "informational, not a valid document to establish identity" will be imprinted across the face of the certified copy.


Death Certificate (general public & government agency)
Burial Permit / Re-file  $12
Fetal Death Certificate  $18

Violent, Sudden or Medically Unattended Death

The Medical Examiner-Coroner (MEC) is responsible to investigate all violent, sudden or medically unattended deaths within the county. If autopsy/ toxicology reports are not immediately available, a death certificate may be prepared with the causes listed as "Pending or Under Investigation". Once the cause-of-death is known, the MEC submits an amendment for registration. Contact the MEC office for more information or timelines at (707) 262-4215.