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Apply for Death Records - California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is responsible for managing the application process for Death Certificates. A certified copy of a death certificate can  be used to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes.  The process of applying for a death certificate in California are as follows: Determine whether you can obtain an authorized copy or an informational copy, Download pamphlet for obtaining certified copies of birth and/or death records, Download and complete the application form, Have your sworn statement notarized, Determine certified copy fee, and then mail your request to CDPH Vital Records.

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