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Birth & Death Certificates

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For death certificates by mail click  
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For death certificates online click HERE. 


Obtaining a death certificate in person

To obtain a copy of a death certificate by coming to the County Recorder’s office in person:

  • Only “authorized persons” will be able to purchase a Certified Copy of the decedent's Death Certificate.
  • You must fill out a form prior to purchase, and indicate whether or not you are an authorized person by signing “under penalty of perjury” statement.
  • Click here to download the form. Fill in the information and print it out.
  • If you are not an authorized person, you will receive a certified copy with the statement INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY across the face of the document, and you will also have to fill out a form.
  • Call us at 831-454-2800.

To obtain a copy of a death certificate by coming to the County Recorder’s office in person, you will need to have the following information available when you arrive:

·         The decedent's full name at the time of death.

·         The date of death.

·         The place of death.

·         The decedent's date of birth, if known.

The cost for a certified copy of a death certificate is $21.00. Payment can be made in cash or by a check or money order payable to the Santa Cruz County Recorder. 

To request a copy of a death certificate by mail, click By Mail

 For death certificates online, click HERE. 

Please Note: All requests for death certificates must be concerning those whose death occurred in Santa Cruz County.


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For more information, please call us during office hours, at (831) 454-2800, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. Fax 831-454-3169. Click to E-Mail We are located at 701 Ocean St., RM. 230, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. Se Habla Español.