The Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will close all of its office locations to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Most services can be easily requested online or by mail. Please browse our web pages to get detailed information on obtaining services or call us at (714) 834-2500.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Thank you!
How to Obtain a Death Certificate
When a death occurs in Orange County, copies of the death certificate are available through the Clerk-Recorder Department 30 days after the date of death. (Copies needed within 30 days of death may be obtained through the Orange County Health Care Agency.) There are several ways to obtain copies of a death certificate.
Obtaining a Death Certificate in Person
Over-the-counter service is not available at this time due to measures being taken to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. All our offices are closed to the public.
Individuals appearing in person may order an authorized copy of a death certificate, after presenting valid government-issued photo identification and signing a statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Vital records (birth, marriage and death records) are available at our main office at the County Administration South Building in Santa Ana at our North County Branch Office in Anaheim (click here for hours and directions) and at our South County Branch Office at the Laguna Hills Civic Center (click here for hours and directions). Payment can be made by cash, personal check, cashier's check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.
Obtaining a Death Certificate by Mail
A copy of a death certificate can be obtained by mail if the death occurred in Orange County. See the FEES page for the cost of certified copies. Orders are normally processed within 5 to 10 working days.
Mailed applications must include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. Applications are available at Online Forms. Use a separate application form for each requested record.
PLEASE NOTE: Only one notarized sworn statement is required for multiple certificates requested at the same time; however, the sworn statement must include the name of each individual whose record you wish to obtain, plus your relationship to that individual.
Mail requests to:
Orange County Clerk-Recorder
Attn: Vital Records
P.O. Box 238
Santa Ana, CA 92702
Make checks payable to: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department
Obtaining a Death Certificate Through VitalChek
Online orders are processed through VitalChek, a private independent company. VitalChek accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover. VitalChek adds a $12.95 special handling fee on all credit card orders. There is also a separate county certified copy fee.
Online credit card orders will be processed within 5 working days of receipt of a copy of the requester’s government-issued photo ID and, for certified copies, a notarized signed statement sworn under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person. If identity verification is not received within 5 days, the order will be cancelled and must be resubmitted. Online orders will be returned by regular mail unless Express UPS delivery is requested for an additional $19.00 For more information, call VitalChek toll free at (877) 445-8988.
Click here to Place a Request Over the Internet.