There are a variety of databases and other resources online where searchers can view death information for the state of California. However, to obtain a physical copy of a death record, the requester must be a family member, law enforcement official or funeral director.
RootsWeb maintains a free database of California death information. It is searchable by name, birth/death year and birth/death place. The database lets users see when and where the person died, how old he or she was, and the names of people in the family, if available. DeathIndexes.com has many county-specific resources for looking up death information, as well as links to both free and fee-based archive services.