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Office of Vital Statistics
Office of Vital Statistics

Permit for Disposition of Human Remains


Although we highly recommend that you use the services of a Funeral Home to handle the issuance of the disposition permit, you may also do this process yourself.

Filling an Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains is a process that can be done by any decedent's relative, friend or acquaintance acting in lieu of the Funeral Director.    

In order to apply for a Disposition Permit you need to come to our office during business hours listed below and request to file a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains.  You must show your ID and provide some of the decedent's information such as complete name, date of birth, date of death, sex, city of death, county of death, name and address of the informant who provide the information for the Funeral Home or Hospital who created the Certificate of Death.

There is a $12.00 fee to file the Permit and the document is issued to you on the same day.

You may also fill out the form yourself and bring to our office in order to have stamped and signed by our Health Officer.   The form is available in electronic version by clicking here.

For instructions on how to fill out correctly your Disposition Permit Form, please click here.

For more detailed information, you may contact us at:

Office of Vital Statistics
1947 Center Street 2nd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-5320, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-5315
Office Hours for filing Disposition Permits: Mon-Thu, 12PM-4:00PM




Disposition Permit Application Form



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