|Humboldt County issues certified copies of death
certificates of individuals who died within Humboldt County.
New Law Effective July 1, 2003
Effective July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code Section
103526 will permit only authorized individuals to receive certified copies
of death records. Those who are not authorized by law to receive a
certified copy will receive a certified copy marked
"INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."
The new law describes an authorized person as one of the following:
A parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order.
A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another
governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official
A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of
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.
A funeral director ordering 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.
To obtain a Certified Copy after July 1, 2003, you
complete the sworn statement included with the death certificate
application form and sign the statement under penalty of perjury. If you
mail your request, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your
mailed request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not
include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request
will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being
processed. (Note: A funeral director ordering copies on behalf of an
individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision
(a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code is not required to
complete the notarized statement.)
Request for a Certified
Copy of a Death Certificate PDF
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