General Information

Contact Dept

  • Address:
    Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Room 302
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • Vital Records (Birth, Death, Marriage):
    (559) 600-3476
  • Recorded Documents:
    (559) 600-3471
  • Email Department

Death Certificates


Requests for Recorded Documents can only be made in person or by mail. We do not accept requests for copies of documents by phone, fax, or email. Documents can be ordered online through an independent partner company. Details and a link to their site are on the Ordering Records Online page.

Be sure the information you supply is complete and accurate. If you request a copy of an official record and we must do a search to find that official record and find nothing, we are not able to refund the fee. The California Statutes require us to retain the fee as a search fee. The fee schedule is available on the Fees page.

Our location, hours, and mailing address can be found on the Contact Information page. Request forms and instructions on filling them out are located on the Forms page. The Fresno County Department of Public Health can also provide birth and death certificates for the current and previous year only. See their website for more information.

We can provide certified copies of Death Certificates for persons whose death occurred in Fresno County. For persons whose death occurred in other counties, please contact that County's Recorder.

Restricted Copies

Anyone may obtain a restricted certified copy of a death record. The record is for informational purposes only and may not be used to establish identity. Restricted copies will have across the face of the document the words:


Unrestricted Copies

To obtain an unrestricted certified copy of a death record you must be one of the following:

  • The 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 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
  • Any funeral director who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health and Safety Code


What you need to provide:

If you order in person If you order by mail
  • Name of decedent
  • Date of death
  • City of death
  • Father or other parent's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be witnessed by a clerk in our office for an unrestricted copy. It does not need to be notarized.
  • Name of decedent
  • Date of death
  • City of death
  • Father or other parent's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Complete sections 1 through 3 on the form. Your signature must be notarized for an unrestricted copy.
  • The name and address of the person or agency to whom the copies are to be returned
You may pay in cash, check or money order payable to Fresno County Recorder. A check or money order for the full amount, payable to Fresno County Recorder, must accompany the order. Do not send cash.