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SANTA CLARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issues Authorized and Informational copies of Santa Clara County birth certificates and Santa Clara County death certificates as well as Santa Clara Fetal Death and Still born records for events that occurred within the current and previous year. You may order copies of Santa Clara County vital records through VitalChek on an expedited basis.


Please Note: Orders WILL NOT be accepted until 4 weeks after the event date.


NOTICE: Although VitalChek attempts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this site, state and agency information is subject to change without notice. VitalChek makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information herein and assumes no liability with respect to such information.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT DEATH CERTIFICATES
Santa Clara County Public Health Department issues Authorized and Informational copies of Santa Clara County death certificates for individuals who died within Santa Clara County with the event dates of the current and previous year. Authorized copies of Santa Clara County death certificates can typically be used to obtain death benefits, to claim insurance proceeds and for other legal purposes. Informational copies of Santa Clara County death certificates can be used for informational purposes only.


Who Can Order?
Authorized Copies - All applicants must submit a Sworn Statement and notarized Certificate of Acknowledgment, before the order will be processed, forms and instructions will be provided upon completion of your online order. Individuals permitted to receive authorized, certified copies of Santa Clara County death certificates are listed below:

  • The decedent's parent or legal guardian. Note: Legal guardian must also provide copies of court documents.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the decedent.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order. Must also provide court documents
  • 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 decedent or the decedent's estate. Must also provide court documents
  • A funeral director ordering certified copies on behalf of the decedent's family.

Informational Copies - no documentation is required.




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Available Santa Clara County Public Health Department, California (CA) Death Certificate Types

Death - Authorized
An authorized, certified copy of a death record that can typically be used to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes. Death Certificates are available through The Santa Clara Public Health Department for events that occurred within the current and pervious year in Santa Clara County.


Please Note: Orders WILL NOT be accepted until 4 weeks after the event date.



First Copy: $16.00    Additional Copies: $16.00


Death Informational Copy
If you are not eligible to receive an authorized copy of the death record, you will receive a certified informational copy with the words "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY" imprinted across the face of the copy. This document is primarily used for genealogy and cannot be used for legal purposes. The Santa Clara Public Health Department for events that occurred within the current and pervious year in Santa Clara County.


Please Note: Orders WILL NOT be accepted until 4 weeks after the event date.



First Copy: $16.00    Additional Copies: $16.00


Stillbirth Certificate
A Stillbirth Certificate is a certified document identifying the death of a child who did not take a breath. Stillbirth Certificates are available for events that occurred within the current and previous year in Santa Clara County.


Please Note: Orders WILL NOT be accepted until 4 weeks after the event date.



First Copy: $13.00    Additional Copies: $13.00


Fetal Death Certificate
A Fetal Death Certificate is a certified document identifying the death of a child who did not take a breath. Fetal Death Certificates are available for events that occurred within the current and previous year in Santa Clara County.


Please Note: Orders WILL NOT be accepted until 4 weeks after the event date.



First Copy: $13.00    Additional Copies: $13.00


Death Certificate Order Methods


Order Online
It's the easiest and most efficient method for ordering official birth certificates and other vital records because there is less room for error when you enter the information yourself. Our simple forms have built-in editing features to help ensure the accuracy of your order.


Order By Phone
To place your order by phone, please call 408-792-5040. Have your credit card information and certificate information ready when you place your call to help speed up the order process.