How to Order Birth and Death Certificates

If you are requesting Birth or Death Certificates for a Birth or Death that occurred in El Dorado County during the current year or the immediate past year, you can apply in person or by mail to the El Dorado County Office of Vital Statistics.

Our address is 931 Spring Street, Placerville, CA 95667. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This is a request through the Department of Public Health, not the Recorder Clerk's office.

Who Can Request Birth or Death Records?

The following individuals can receive certified copies of birth and death records:

  • The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant
  • An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant’s estate
  • An agent or employee of a funeral establishment acting within the course and scope of employment and ordering certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code

If you do not qualify to be an authorized person you cannot receive a certificate copy. You may receive an informational copy, which is marked "Informational Only, Not a Valid Document to Establish Identify."

Ordering a Birth or Death Certificate by Mail

To order a certified birth or death certificate by mail, you must complete a request form and have the accompanying “Notarized Sworn Statement” notarized. You can download or have the request form mailed to you.

You need to include the appropriate fee depending on the certificate:

  • $32 for Birth Certificate
  • $24 for Death Certificate

If you only want an informational copy of a birth or death certificate, you only need to complete the request form not the Notarized Sworn Statement. The fees are the same for both certified and informational copies of certificates.

Application and Instructions

Instructions and Application Form to Request a Certified Copy of a Birth or Death Certificate(PDF, 66KB)

Instrucciones y Solicitud de Copia de Certificado de Naciminto o Defuncion(PDF, 156KB)

Requesting Certificates for a Birth or Death From Before This Year or Last Year

If you need to request a birth certificate or death certificate for a birth or death that occurred prior to the current year or immediate past year, then you need to do so through the Recorder-Clerk's Office.

Contact Recorder-Clerk’s Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Birth Certificates

Death Certificates