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Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office

Ordering Vital Records - Death Certificates
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What type of certificate do you need?

State law requires this office to issue 2 different types of certified copies to requesters: unrestricted and informational. Persons requesting certified copies of death certificates must sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are authorized to receive a regular certified copy.

To learn more about the State law and who is an authorized requestor, click here.
  • Unrestricted

    An unrestricted certificate can be used to establish your identity. You must be an authorized requestor.

    The registrant (person listed on the certificate) or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant. (Legal guardian must provide documentation.)

    A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the California Family Code. (Please include a copy of the court order.)

    A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Photo identification or a request on the agency's letter head.)

    A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.

    An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate. (Please include supporting documentation.)

    Appointed rights in a power of attorney, or an executor of the registrant's estate. (Please include a copy of the power of attorney and / or supporting documentation identifying you as executor.)

    Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment and who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

  • Informational

    If you cannot obtain an unrestricted copy under California law, you can obtain an informational copy. An Informational copy contains the same information as an unrestricted copy, but will have a legend across the face with the statement, "Informational Not a valid document to establish identity". It is intended only as an informational document and cannot be used for identity purposes.

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