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Birth & Death Certificates


Birth and Death Certificates

How to get birth and death certificates, (Note: For requests pre 1966 records, contact County Clerks Recorder’s Office at 650-363-4500)

General information

Death Certificates

Death certificates are needed for Social Security, life and health insurance and other time sensitive purposes. You can purchase a certified or informational only copy of a death certificate in person or by mail.

Who Can Request and Receive an Authorized Certified Copy of a Death Certificate?

The law is very strict about who may request and receive authorized certified copies of death certificates. Its intent is to protect an individual’s privacy. That’s why only those listed below are authorized to obtain certified copies of death certificates.