Are Death Records Available for Free in California?

Are Death Records Available for Free in California?

Are Death Records Available for Free in California?

California death records from 1905 to present require payment of a fee to the California Department of Public Health. As of March 2015, the fee was $21 per death certificate. The records can be ordered by mail from the CDPH or county recorder offices.

In addition to payment of the fee, requests for death records must include a completed application form. A notarized sworn statement is also required for authorized death certificates. Informational copies, which cannot be used to establish identity, do not require a sworn statement but carry the same fee. The CDPH death record webpage includes a link to a list with contact information for county recorder offices.