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In California, the California Department of Public Health is responsible for maintaining and issuing the official record of all deaths that occur in the state of California. The California Department of Public health maintains California Death Records of 1905-present. If you make a request for post 1970 death records, your request will take about three weeks to process. On the other hand, if you make a request for pre-1970 records, your request will take about seven weeks to provide. Whether you want pre-1970 or post-1970 California death records, you will receive the records only if you?re eligible for them. You can however lookup California death records online for reference only.

People who can request for certified death records in California include the immediate family members of the deceased and people with a financial interest in the record. There are two types of death records that you can request for in California: certified records and uncertified records. The fee for the certified death record is different from the fee for the uncertified death record. There are three ways for you to request for and obtain death records in California: in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the death record you need through each way.

Where Do I Get a Death Certificate in California?

The first way to make a request for and obtain the California death record you need is in person. To make an in person request for the record, go to the local California Department of Public health office, submit a completed Application for Certified Copy of Death Record, and pay the required fee. Also, you may need to provide a sworn statement. Generally, a sworn statement is required when you?re ordering copy of the California death record. The fee for California death records is $21.

How Do I Get California Death Records By Mail?

Another way for you to make and request for and obtain the California death record you need is by mail. To make a mail request for the record you need, complete and send the aforementioned application along with a sworn statement, a self-addressed envelope, and a pay order or check for the fee to:

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records – MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Generally, mail requests for California Death Records take fifteen days to process.


The easiest and quickest way to make a request for the California death record you need is online. How can you make an online request for death records in California? The California Department of Public health provides death records online through Vitalcheck, an independent company that the State of California has partnered with to make the records available online. To make an online request for the death record you need, go to the website of Vitalcheck and follow the instructions stated there.

Another way to request for California Death Records is through online public databases. To find out more about the aforementioned records, call the California Department of Public health at 916-445-2684.

California Death Records

California Death Record FAQs

Are California death records public information?

Yes, all California vital records, including death records, marriage records and birth records are public information that anyone can lookup.

How can I get a copy of a family member's California death record?

You can obtain a copy of your family member's California death record by contacting the California Department of Public Health and making a formal request. Only immediate family can obtain certified copies of CA death records.

How do I find out when someone died in California?

The death date of when someone died in California can be found on that person's CA death certificate. It will most likely also have any surviving spouse and parents and children listed on the death certificate.

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    1. William, we ran a California death record search for your father and only have a CA death record for an Early Orum that passed away in 1964. That being said, since this was a recent death it is probably not posted on many public record websites. You can reach out to the California Department of Public Health to get a CA death verification. You can call them directly @ 916-552-9700

      How To Get a California Death Verification

      There are a couple of options to get a death verification in California. First you can try looking up California death records on public record websites, since death records are public information. A second option is to contact the California Department of Public Health as they archive all death records in California

  1. looking for a death certificate for my sister who was stillborn? no name was given to her. I found some information at the cemetery where she’s buried. she was a twin. My other sister who survived was born 8-17-1955. Not sure if the other twin was stillborn or died shortly thereafter. I want to get a headstone for her but need a death certificate for the cemetery office.
    Thank you~

    1. To obtain the record of your sister’s death you will want to contact the California Department of Health and request to obtain a vital death record. Follow the instructions below to obtain a certified copy of a California Death Record.

      Get a Copy of a California Death Certificate

      1. Request an authorized death record
      2. Fill out the death record request form
      3. Complete the sworn statement form
      4. Have your request form notarized
      5. Pay the fee for a certified copy
      6. Mail in your form, processing takes 3-4 weeks

      California Deparment of Health Address

      Vital Records – MS 5103
      1501 Capitol Avenue
      Sacramento, CA 95814

  2. I am trying to verify whether my cousin Paul Magyar,Samuel Paul Magyar was his father)of Clovis, CA is deceased, and have no other family I can contact to confirm this.

    1. Michael, you can contact the California Department of Public Health to confirm this information

  3. I was told that Larry Michael Hirst born October 6, 1958 passed away on May 3, 2020, but I have seen no obituary or death notice. Sacramento area. Thank you

    1. Stella, we are not able to locate the CA death record you’re inquiring about. There are delays in reporting because of Covid. Please check back another time

    1. Janine, we didn’t find any CA death record for your brother in our California vital record search.

  4. Looking for date of death of relative. Her name is Mary C Moore of Riverside CA. Possible month of death is March of this year.

    1. Carolyn, we show multiple people with the same first and last name for our CA death record resources. Can you verify her middle name and age or DOB so that we can filter our results?

  5. I recently found photographs of myself, my sister, and a younger girl with a strong resemblance. I would have been 4, my sister 3, and the younger unknown girl looks about 2. Date on back of the photos is 1969. I have no memories of a younger sibling but she looks so much like us. This would have been right before we moved from CA. My parents and sister are deceased so cannot ask them. Awful to wonder but how would I find out about a death record for a female child about 2 years old in 1969? Family name was Daniels.

    1. Josie, unfortunately our California death record search did not show any results based on the information you provided. You can also reach out to the California Department of Public Health as they manage and archive California death certificates and since you’re immediate family you can have access to a copy of such CA death certificate

    1. Joyce, we can assist you with looking up a CA Death Record if you can give us the name of the person in question.

  6. I\’m desperately trying to find out about my grandfather. His name is Ronald P. Brown. I\’m not for sure which city or county he died in but he was fairly young (not past 50). I think it was probably late 1970s. He was in air force I think.

    1. Ali, the name Ronald Brown is a fairly common name in California. Can you confirm his date of birth or at least the year?

  7. I would like the actual day of my moms death as my mothers new husband and i did not get along..Her name was Patsy Ruth Gonzales Patsy Ruth Christman,Patsy Ruth Torres,PatsyRuth Miller.. I\’m her daughter April Patricia Torres April Patricia Kerney she on my bith Certificate her birthday was September01 1926

    1. April, unfortunately we could not find the date of death for your mother. You can also reach out to the CA Department of Public Health and request a CA death verification

    1. Debra, if you need a copy of a California death certificate you will need to reach out to the California Department of Health and make your request with them. You can call them directly or order a copy of a CA death certificate through their website. Since you are immediate family this should be a simple process.

  8. We don’t show the date of the California death record in our database. A good option to obtain this California death record information is to contact the California Department of Public Health as they are the managing state agency for death records in California.

    How to Order a CA Certified Death Certificate

    1. Visit the California Department of Public Health website
    2. Download the Death Certificate Pamphlet and fill out form
    3. Have your California Death Certificate request notarized
    4. Pay the fee for a Certified Death Certificate copy
    5. Processing may take 3-4 weeks by mail

  9. I am trying to see if there is a death record for Tamara Lindley Brown in the state of CA. I’ve looked every where. A link keeps coming up from ancestry regarding her death as December 25, 2005, but thats all the information it will give me. I’ve gone to and it takes me back to ancestory and the same death notice. I want to be certain it is her. Last I heard from her, she was living in a community in Crescent City. She was born in 1960.

  10. Jean, if you can provide us with his full name and age we are happy to run a California death record search for you

Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: April 19, 2021

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