Question 1 - How do I get a copy of a Death Certificate for people who have died in El Dorado County?
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If a death occurs in El Dorado County, the Death Certificate may be obtained from this office. The fee is $21 per copy. We do not take out of state checks. Sending a check will delay your order by 15 to 20 working days. Money order or cashiers check payable to the El Dorado County Recorder's Office to the address below. Please download the required form. If you come to our office in person you will be required to fill out similar forms. Please note the difference between Authorized and Informational copies.
Question 2 - What if a birth, death or marriage was in another county? Can I still get the certificate from your office?
No, we only have records for events that occurred in El Dorado County. For marriages, you must contact the County in which the license was issued. Call the County Recorder in the County in which the event occurred to find out how you can get your record. In most cases, you have options that do not require a visit. If you have difficulty locating a phone number for another Recorder, ask us for the telephone number of that particular County Recorder. El Dorado County Record-Clerk's office phone number: (530) 621-5490.
For Vital Statistics not located in El Dorado County try: www.vitalchek.com
Sometimes, it may be necessary to contact the California State Dept. of Vital Records for information.