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The Vital Records Program maintains death records for individuals who died in Long Beach within five years of death. After five years from the date of death, death record requests must be obtained through the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office at 800-201-8999.   


IN-PERSON REQUESTS


Location Hours Payment Options
City of Long Beach
Department of Health
and Human Services
2525 Grand Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 4 PM
(Closed 12 PM - 1 PM)

We do not take
appointments.

  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Cash (We do not accept bills
    larger than $20)
  • Cashier's Check
  • Check
  • Money Order

THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
Monday, January 1, 2024
Monday, January 15, 2024
February 19, 2024
May 27, 2024
June 19, 2024
July 4, 2024
September 2, 2024
November 5, 2024
November 28-29, 2024
December 25, 2024

Please arrive with the following:

  • Death Certificate Application Form
  • A valid form of identification with a picture, such as a driver's license or passport
  • Full name of the person as it appears on the death certificate
  • Date of Death
  • Place of Death
  • Form of payment



Fees

DEATH CERTIFICATE $24.00 (per copy)

We do not accept bills larger than $20.


REQUESTING BY MAIL – APPLICATION MUST BE SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF A NOTARY PUBLIC

Complete and mail the following:

  1. Completed Death Certificate Application Form.
  2. Sworn Statement, which must be signed in presence of a notary.
  3. Check or money order for $24.00 payable to Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. NO CASH is accepted. Vital Records cannot be held responsible for fees paid in cash that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered.

Mail paperwork and check to:

Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
c/o Vital Records
2525 Grand Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Please allow up to 2-3 weeks to receive your requested documents. The processing time begins when we have received your completed request.


Types of Death Certificates

If eligible to obtain records, there are two types of certified copies available upon request: 

AUTHORIZED CERTIFIED COPY 
  • Only available to authorized persons  
  • If requesting by mail, a sworn statement declaring under penalty of perjury that the requester is authorized by law to obtain a certified copy must be signed and completed 

CERTIFIED INFORMATION COPY 
  • If the requester cannot obtain an authorized copy under California law, there is an option to obtain a Certified Informational Copy 
  • An Informational Certified copy is not valid to establish identity and is for informational purpose ONLY  

  • A sworn statement is not needed 

 

For questions, contact Vital Records at 562-570-4305 or email vitalrecords@longbeach.gov.


Frequently Asked Questions

 
  • Who Can Get an Authorized Certified Copy of Death Certificate?

    • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant (legal guardian must provide documentation).
    • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (a court order copy is required).
    • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business (companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency).
    • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, spouse or domestic partner of the registrant. 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 (if you are requesting a Certified Copy under a power of attorney, please include a copy of the power of attorney with the application form).
    • Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code.
    • Appointed rights in a power of attorney, or an executor of the registrant’s estate. (Please include a copy of the power of attorney, or supporting documentation identifying you as executor with the application.)