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Records FAQs

Why does my loved one’s cause of death not show on the death certificate?

There are many reasons why the cause of death may not be listed on the death certificate. In many instances, Deferred, is listed on the certificate where the final cause of death is still pending. When the cause of death has been finalized, the certificate will be updated with the correct information.

How do I amend a death certificate?

The Office of Vital Records in Sacramento is the agency that handles amendments to death certificates for the State of California. They may be reached at the following address: State of California, Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, P.O. Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410, Phone 916-445-2684; Fax: 800-858-5553 or visit the California State Office of Vital Records website.

How can I get a Certificate of Identity for other states or countries?

Please have the notary strike out California and put the State or Country in which the form is notarized. The form will be accepted with the change.

Where do I file or get a copy of a will/probate?

Wills and probate matters are filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Please contact the Court at (213) 830-0803 for assistance in this matter. You may also visit The Los Angeles Superior Court Website.

What do I do if the deceased was a Los Angeles County property owner?
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