Sacramento County can only issue certificates for deaths which occurred in Sacramento County since 1850. Certificates for deaths prior to 1850 are not available. Death certificates are available approximately 4-6 weeks after the date of death. State law requires this office to issue 2 different types of certified copies to requestors: authorized and informational. Both types are certified copies of the original document on file with our office. Persons requesting an authorized copy must sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are an “authorized person” as defined by Health and Safety Code section 103526(c).
An authorized copy establishes the identity of the registrant (decedent named on the certificate) and may only be issued to the following:
An informational copy cannot be used for identity purposes. The certificate bears an inscription across the face of the document, stating, “INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY.” Informational copies are available to all requestors.
FeesThe fee is $21.00 per copy. Find out about acceptable forms of payment.
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Sacramento County Clerk/RecorderP.O. Box 839Sacramento, CA 95812-0839
Sacramento County Clerk/RecorderP.O. Box 839Sacramento, CA 95814-0839Fax: (916) 874-0947