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Death Certificates

Find out who can request certified copies of birth / death certificates.

Death Certificates


Death Certificate

Birth & Death Registration provides certified copies of death certificates for events occurring within 60 days of death.

A certified copy of a death certificate will be available for purchase after the original certificate has been registered, usually within 10 days after death.

Obtaining a Death Certificate in Person

Certified copies of death certificates within 60 days after a death occurring in Orange County may be purchased in person at the Birth & Death Registration office located at:  

1200 North Main Street
Suite 100-A
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check or money order. The fee for each certified copy of a death certificate is $21.00 each.

Copies of death certificates requested more than 60 days after the death may be obtained from the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Office.

Obtaining a Death Certificate by Mail

Certified copies of death certificates may be purchased by mail within 60 days after deaths occurring in Orange County. The fee for a death certificate is $21.00 each. Please include a stamped, self-addressed business-size or manilla envelope with your order.

Select an option below to print the application form (PDF file):

The form must be completed, notarized and returned with your payment to:

County of Orange Health Care Agency
Birth and Death Registration
P.O. Box 234
Santa Ana, CA  92702-0234

Please send Fed-Ex or certified mail to:

1200 N. Main St.
#100-A
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For further information, please call (714) 480-6700.

Obtaining a Death Certificate After 60 Days of Death

Certified copies of death certificates may be purchased in person or by mail from the County of Orange Clerk-Recorder if the death occurred in Orange County.

County of Orange Clerk-Recorder provides certified copies of death certificates for events dating back to 1889.

You can access their web site at www.ocrecorder.com or call them at (714) 834-2500.

How to Amend a Death Certificate

Contact the County of Orange Health Care Agency Department of Birth and Death Registration by telephone at (714) 480-6700 to request a free copy of Form VS-24, Affidavit to Amend a Record.

If applying by mail, send your request to:

County of Orange Health Care Agency
Birth and Death Registration
Post Office Box 234
Santa Ana, CA 92702-0234

Please include the following information with your request:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Information to be corrected

Instructions for completing the form are on the reverse of the form.

There is no fee to correct errors on death certificates if the correction is made prior to one year of the date of death. All corrections made after one year of the death are $20.00. This fee is included with the application and mailed to the Office of State Registrar in Sacramento.

Once you have completed the form, mail it, along with any required fees, to:

Office of Vital Records – M.S. 5103
P. O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

Processing corrections to a death certificate will take approximately three to four months. After the correction has been made in Sacramento, you may purchase certified copies from Birth and Death Registration in Santa Ana.

Please note that not all items on a death certificate may be changed with this form.

Please contact Birth & Death Registration if you have any further questions at (714) 480-6700.