a death certificate in person
To obtain a copy of a death
certificate by coming to the County
Recorder’s office in person:
“authorized persons” will be able to purchase a Certified Copy of the
decedent's Death Certificate.
must fill out a form prior to purchase, and indicate whether or not
you are an authorized person by signing “under penalty of perjury”
- Click here to download the form. Fill in the information
and print it out.
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
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 $16.00. Payment
can be made in cash or by a check or money order payable to the Santa Cruz
To request a copy of a death certificate by
mail, click By Mail.
For death certificates online, click HERE.
Note: All requests for death certificates must be concerning those whose
death occurred in Santa Cruz County.