Death Certificates

To obtain a certified copy of a death certificate by coming to the Recorder's office or by mail you must be an authorized applicant pursuant to Health and Safety Code §103526.

In order to qualify, you must be:

  • A parent or legal guardian of the decedent 
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the death record in order to comply with the requirements of §3140 of 7603 fo 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 (companies representing a governmental agency must provide authorization from the government agency)
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of the applicant
  • An attorney representing the applicant of the applicant's estate, of any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the applicant or the applicant's estate.
  • A funeral director ordering certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of an individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of Subdivision (a) of §7100 of the Health and Safety Code.

The following information will be needed to locate the record:

  • The decedent's full name at the time of death
  • The date of death
  • The place of death
  • The decedent's date of birth, if known
  • The complete address where the copy is to be mailed, if applicable
  • Signed, sworn statement, with Notary acknowledgement if by mail, or signed in the presence of a member of the Shasta County Recorder's staff

To Submit your application prior to visiting our office, Click here

If you meet the above requirements, submit an Application for Certified Copy of Death Record to the Recorder's office.

Want to order with a credit/debit card?

There are two ways to pay by credit/debit card; you can pay in person using a credit/debit card or you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. VitalChek can be reached either through its website,, or VitalChek. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

Submit your request with your check/money order in the amount of $21.00, payable to the Shasta County Recorder - do not send cash.

Mailing Address:

Shasta County Recorder's Office
1450 Court Street, Suite 208
Redding, CA 96001-1670

The cost for searching a record is not refundable if the record is not found.

Please allow 1-3 working days, after receipt, to process your request.