Requesting a Death Certificate

Effective February 1st, 2016 Berkeley Vital Records will only issue Certificates for the first 5 years after the Death.  After 5 years of  Death, the certificate can be obtained by contacting the Alameda County Recorder’s Office, (510) 272-6362. 


The City of Berkeley Vital Records maintains death certificates for persons who died within Berkeley City limits only. These death certificates can be purchased from our office until the first 5 years of death. After 5 years the death certificate can be obtained by contacting the Alameda County Recorders Office, (510) 272-6362If a death occurred outside Berkeley, contact the county, state, or country in which the event occurred to request the record. 

Important Note:  Beginning July 1, 2003, the California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only authorized persons as listed to receive certified copies of birth or death records.  Requests submitted by mail or by fax must include a notarized statement attesting to the identity of the requestor attached to the application.   Individuals requesting in person can receive an authorized copy after first submitting a sworn statement under penalty of perjury that the requester is an authorized person.

Certified certificates are issued on a long form (8 1/2 " x 11") security paper with an official embossed seal, acceptable for social security, insurances, and all other legal purposes.  Expedited Services is available.   Detailed instructions are given below.







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Death Certificate Application Form

Solicitud de Ata de Defuncion