Death certificates for those who died in Orange County hospitals are automatically registered with the county. Deaths at home must be registered with the county Birth and Death Registration office of the Health Care Agency. Certified copies of death certificates are available after the original certificate has been registered, usually within 10 days after death.
For those needing copies of death certificates within the first 60 days after the death, please contact the Health Care Agency. For all other requests, please contact the Clerk-Recorder Department. Please note that informational copies of death certificates are redacted by the state to remove certain personal information before issuance, which can take up to 48 hours.