Guidelines for Certified Death Certificates
The California Health and Safety Code, Section
103526, will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified
copies of death records. Those who are not authorized by law to
receive a certified copy will receive a certified copy marked
“INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.”
The new law describes an authorized person as:
parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order,
an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth
order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or
7603 of the
member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of
governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting
child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner
of the registrant.
attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or
any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court
act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate.
funeral director ordering certified copies of a death certificate on
behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5),
subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and
to obtain a Certified Copy, you MUST complete
the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application
form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. If you mail your
request, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your mailed
request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include
a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will
be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.