How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Riverside County, CA

If you have lost a loved one, you are already facing an overwhelming amount of grief and stress.  You may be wondering where you need to start in handling the deceased’s affairs.  You will need a death certificate to complete many of the administrative tasks that you will face in the weeks to come, so it only makes sense to order a copy of this as soon as possible.

The Riverside County Office of Vital Records (“Riverside Office”) allows you to request a death certificate by mail or in person.  It is important to note that the Riverside Office only holds death certificates in which death occurred within the county of Riverside during the current year or the previous year.

To request a certified copy of a death certificate by mail or in person, the Riverside Office will require the following information:

  • Decedent’s full name
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Mortuary or cremation society that handled the services
  • Mailing address of where we are to forward the certified copies (if ordering by mail)

The fee for a death record search or certified copy is $14.00, and the California Health and Safety Code, Section 103650 states a fee must be collected before a search is made whether or not the record is found.

You can download the Application for Certified Copy of Death Record and the Funeral Establishment Use Application forms here or by visiting www.rivcovitalrecords.org.

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You will need a death certificate to complete many of the administrative tasks that you will face in the weeks to come, so it only makes sense to order a copy of this as soon as possible.

The Riverside County Office of Vital Records (“Riverside Office”) allows you to request a death certificate by mail or in person.  It is important to note that the Riverside Office only holds death certificates in which death occurred within the county of Riverside during the current year or the previous year.

To request a certified copy of a death certificate by mail or in person, the Riverside Office will require the following information:

  • Decedent’s full name
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Mortuary or cremation society that handled the services
  • Mailing address of where we are to forward the certified copies (if ordering by mail)

The fee for a death record search or certified copy is $14.00, and the California Health and Safety Code, Section 103650 states a fee must be collected before a search is made whether or not the record is found.

You can download the Application for Certified Copy of Death Record and the Funeral Establishment Use Application forms here or by visiting www.rivcovitalrecords.org.


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