When a death occurs in Orange County, copies of the death certificate are available through the Clerk-Recorder Department 30 days after the date of death. (Copies needed within 30 days of death may be obtained through the Orange County Health Care Agency.) There are several ways to obtain copies of a death certificate.
Obtaining a Death Certificate in Person
Individuals appearing in person may order an authorized copy of a death certificate, after presenting valid government-issued photo identification and signing a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Vital records (birth, marriage and death records) are available at our main office at the Hall of Records at the Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana (click here for hours and directions), at our North County Branch Office in Downtown Fullerton (click here for hours and directions) and at our South County Branch Office at the Laguna Hills Civic Center (click here for hours and directions). Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.
Obtaining a Death Certificate by Mail
A copy of a death certificate can be obtained by mail if the death occurred in Orange County. See the FEES page for the cost of certified copies. Orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days.
Mailed applications must include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Applications are available at Online Forms. Use a separate application form for each requested record.
PLEASE NOTE: Only one notarized sworn statement is required for multiple certificates requested at the same time; however, the sworn statement must include the name of each individual whose record you wish to obtain, plus your relationship to that individual.
Mail requests to:
Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Make checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department
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