Important Notice: The Office of Vital Records has birth and death records for this year and last year only. 

 

If you are an adult looking to purchase your own birth certificate, or you are looking to purchase a birth certificate for a child older than one, please contact the Riverside County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder at (951) 955-6200 or visit their site.

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Death Certificates in Person

The Riverside County Office of Vital Records only holds death certificates in which death occurred within the county of Riverside during the current year or the previous year.

We are located at 4065 County Circle Drive suite 102, Riverside, CA 92503; we will require the following information prior to issuing the certified copy of death.

  • The decedent's name
  • The date of death
  • The place of death
  • The name of the mortuary or cremation society that handled the services

Please be prepared to show picture identification when requesting a certified copy from our office.

The fee for a death record search or certified copy is: $21.00

California Health and Safety Code, Section 103650 states a fee must be collected before a search is made whether or not the record is found.

We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa and Master Card. If paying by personal check, you must have proper identification and pre-printed check holder's information such as name and complete physical address.

FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS

Please be prepared to show picture identification when requesting a certified copy from our office.

If you need to speak with a Vital Records staff member, please call (951) 358-5068 or e-mail us.

Holiday Closures
  • Day after New Year's Day- Mon. 1/2/17 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Mon. 1/16/17
  • Lincoln’s Birthday - Mon. 2/13/17
  • Washington's Birthday - Mon. 2/20/17
  • Memorial Day - Mon. 5/29/17
  • Independence Day - Tue. 7/4/17
  • Labor Day - Mon. 9/4/17
  • Columbus Day - Mon. 10/9/17
  • Day Before Veteran's Day - Fri. 11/10/17
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thu. 11/23/17
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day - Fri. 11/24/17
  • Christmas Day - Mon. 12/25/17

Weekend/Holiday Emergency Filing:
The Riverside County Local Registration District (LRD) offers emergency filing to accommodate religious and cultural beliefs that require interment within 48 hours of death. To be eligible the disposition must be scheduled within 48 hours of death. The LRD staff will be on call for emergency filings on Saturday, Sunday and County holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You can reach the LRD staff at the Riverside County Public Health answering service at (951) 782-2974.

Thank you for your dedicated service to family and friends, residents and visitors.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call Wayne Harris at (951) 358-5261 (office) or (951) 237-3030 [mobile]