Death Certificates


As of 3/20/2023, the Office of Vital Records has moved to:

5560 Overland Avenue, Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92123

Certificate Type Certificate Fee
Birth $32
Death $24
Fetal Death $21

Pursuant to California Health & Safety Code 103550, a death certificate is a permanent record of the fact of death for an individual.  It provides important personal information about the decedent and about the circumstances and cause of death. Information from death records serves several important legal and statistical uses.  Upon registration by the local and state registrar, the death certificate becomes the State's legal record of that event and is prima facie evidence in all courts. Death certificates may be obtained in person, by mail, or purchased online.

Call the office if you have questions at 619-692-5733 - Se habla Español.

There are two types of death certificates available:

  1. Authorized Certified Copy
  2. Informational Certified Copy

The cost for researching a record is NOT refundable if the record is not found.

To Obtain a Death Certificate IN PERSON

The Office of Vital Records provides death certificates from 1993- present. To obtain a certified death certificate at our office, you will need to have the following information available when you arrive:

  1. The decedent's full name
  2. Date of death
  3. Place of death
  4. A valid government issued picture I.D

For a regular certified copy, you will need to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are an authorized person. For definition of an authorized person, click "Authorized Individual" Law, Effective July 1, 2003.

The cost for a certified copy of a death certificate is $24.00. 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.

Our office is open: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

 Office Location:  5560 Overland Avenue, Suite 130
 San Diego, CA 92123

To Obtain a Death Certificate by Mail

For an INFORMATIONAL CERTIFIED COPY of a Death Certificate, you need only to completely fill out the  Application for Certified Copy of Death Record. Forward the signed request and payment to the address below.

To request an AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY of a Death Certificate, you need to completely fill out the Application for Certified Copy of Death Record. Be sure to indicate in which category you qualify as an authorized person.  You will also need to complete the Sworn Statement and Certificate of Acknowledgement. Be sure to sign the Sworn Statement in front of a Notary Public. We CANNOT process your request without this form.

NOTE: If you are requesting CERTIFIED COPIES, of more than one (1) individual, you may list their names in the box provided on the Sworn Statement and have just one (1) acknowledgement for all individuals. However, you MUST have a separate Application for Certified Copy of Death Record for each individual.

The cost for either copy is $24.00. Payment may be check, money order, or cashier's check made payable to: County of San Diego Public Health ServicesDO NOT SEND CASH.

Office Mailing Address:

County of San Diego
 Vital Records
 P.O. Box 429001
 San Diego, CA 92142



To Obtain a Death Certificate Online Through VitalChek

To request and purchase a death certificate online, please visit the VitalChek website. *VitalChek is a third party website.

1.     Select Death Certificate

2.     Complete the online application

3.     Pay fees by credit/debit card or electronic check

  • Certificate fee - $24 per copy for death certificate
  • VitalChek processing fee $12.95
  • Shipping fee (no cost for regular mail or $19 for Express UPS overnight delivery)

For more information, please visit the VitalChek website or call 1-877-459-1061

If you would like information on how to correct a vital record or amend a death certificate, please refer to the California Department of Public Health site.

For answers to the most frequently asked questions on death certificates, read the Death Certificates FAQs

For burial permits, please see Burial Permits.

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