Burial Permits

ATTENTION: As of July 2, 2021

The Office of Vital Records has been temporarily relocated, we will continue to provide services at the Medical Examiner’s Office located at:

5570 Overland Avenue
Suite 101
San Diego, CA. 92123

For more information send us an email or phone (619) 692-5733.

Pursuant to California Health & Safety Code 103050, a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains (Burial Permit) must be issued for each death at the time of registration for burial or cremation.

This information applies to the public who are requesting a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains.

A Permit for Disposition of Human Remains (Burial Permit) must be issued for each death at the time of registration for burial or cremation. If cremated remains are divided for placement at more than one location, a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains (Burial Permit) must be issued for each location. In addition, a burial permit is needed for the following:

  • Shipping the remains out of the state or country.
  • Scattering cremains on land or at sea.
  • Deeming the remains for scientific use.
  • Shipping the remains into the State of California.
  • When disinterment is required for moving the remains to another location other than a new location within the same cemetery.
  • When remains are temporarily stored.

Burial permits can be obtained in person by appointment or by mail. 
 

To Obtain a Burial Permit BY APPOINTMENT

To obtain a burial permit at our office, please click here to make an appointment.

You will need the following information and documents when you arrive:

1. The decendent's full name
2. Date of birth
3. Date of death
4. City of death
5. County (if death occured in California)/ State (if death occured outside California)
6. An original death certificate or an original transit/burial permit. 

The cost for a burial permit is $12.00. Payment may be cash, check or money order payable to County of San Diego Public Health Services. Credit and debit cards are accepted through VitalChek with a $1.75 convenience fee.

To Obtain a Burial Permit BY MAIL

To request a burial permit, you need to completely fill out the Application and Permit for Disposition of Human RemainsIt is important that the permit is filled out completely in BLACK INK and correctly; cross-outs, type-over, white outs, erasures, etc. are unacceptable. See sample on how to complete a burial permit.

Please return the completed permit along with an Original Death Certificate or Original Transit/Burial PermitIf your request does not include these items, it will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed.

The cost for a burial permit is $12.00. Payment may be check or money order payable to County of San Diego Public Health ServicesDO NOT SEND CASH.

Office Mailing Address:

HHSA Office of Vital Records MS P529
3851 Rosecrans Street. Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110