For California Death Certificates, please print and complete the appropriate form and send a money order or check (payable to the Office of Vital Records) to the address below. All requests must be submitted by mail or fax.
Due to budget cutbacks and staff shortages, processing time for copies of vital records is 15-20 weeks. The fee covers a 10-year period search.
California Dept of Health Services
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899
(916) 445-1719 or (916) 445-2684
Fax: (800) 858-5553
Faxed requests there incur an additional $7.00 fee. Please include the following information when faxing your request:
Credit card number and expiration date
Daytime telephone number
For quicker processing order from the vital records office in the County in which the death occured.