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Death Certificate

Figuring out where to get a copy of a death certificate can be confusing. That's because in California you sometimes have more than one option when it comes to deciding which office to contact. Use the following information and links to help you find the office that has the certificate you need.

The Vital Records Unit registers all deaths in Sacramento County. For a death in Sacramento County this year or last year:

There are two offices where you can get a copy of the certificate.

For a death in Sacramento County prior to the last two years:

For a death in another California county:

For a death in another U.S. state:

For a death outside of the U.S.