Death Certificate FAQS

1. Who do we keep records for?

The Vital Statistics Program at the Fresno County Department of Public Health maintains records for individuals who died in Fresno County during the current or previous year.  

For Fresno County records prior to these years, contact the Fresno County Assessors – Recorder’s Office at (559) 600-3476.

For deaths occurring outside of Fresno County, please contact that County at


2. How can I obtain a certified copy of a record?

Applications are accepted in person or by mail.  Our office does not accept requests by fax, e-mail or over the internet.

In-Person: please visit Room 128 on the first floor of the Department of Public Health to pick up an application. The application can be completed and payment may be made to the cashier in the form of cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa/ MasterCard). Credit card transactions require valid identification. There is a 2% service fee when using a credit card.

You will need to provide the following information:

     • The decedent's full name at the time of death
     • The date of death
     • The place of death
     • The decedent's date of birth, if known

Fee: $21.00 for each certified copy

By-Mail: send a completed death certificate application to:
Fresno County Department of Public Health
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 11867
Fresno, CA 93775

You will need to provide:

     • The decedent's full name at the time of death
     • The date of death
     • The place of death
     • The decedent's date of birth, if known
     • If requesting an authorized copy, the sworn statement must be notarized


     • Complete address where the copy is to be mailed
     • A self-addressed stamped envelope
     • Include payment (check or money order made payable to Fresno County) of $21.00 per certified copy. DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL. Fresno           County Department of Public Health Vital Statistics program cannot be held responsible for fees paid that are lost, misdirected, or undelivered.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen mail. The death certificate will be mailed to the provided address within two weeks.


3. I have already paid the funeral home for death certificate copies, but I still have not received them.

We will confirm your order with the funeral home and if the order has not already been picked up or mailed to the funeral home we will issue to you at no additional cost.

4. Can I amend a death certificate?

You must contact the funeral home that processed your order for corrections to a death certificate.

5. I am changing the location of the remains of a family member. They are presently at my home and I am moving the remains to a local Cemetery. What do I need to do?

You must submit a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains (Burial Permit), and an Affidavit to Amend a Record form reflecting the new location of disposition. You may either come in to our office for the form and assistance, or you can work with a funeral director.