Beginning July 1, 2003 the California Health and Safety Code Section 103526 permits only specific individuals to receive an authorized certified copy of a death record. An AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY may be required to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security, and obtain other services related to an individual's identity.
When ordering in person, an authorized individual must complete an approved application including a sworn statement under penalty of perjury to receive an authorized certified copy. A notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury must accompany orders sent by mail to ensure that the requester is an authorized person.
Those who are not authorized may receive an informational certified copy with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the copy.
Please see below for list of authorized individuals.
Individuals permitted to receive an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY:
Effective January 1, 2014, vital records fees increased pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1053, (Gordon, Chapter 402, Statutes of 2011) and AB 110 (Blumenfield, Chapter 20, Statutes of 2013).Fees:Certified Death Certificate $21.00Government Death Certificate $21.00Certified Fetal Death Certificate $18.00Disposition Permit $12.00Cross-File Permit $16.00
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