Death certificates are needed for Social Security, life and health insurance and other time sensitive purposes. You can purchase a certified copy of a death certificate in person at:
San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office
555 County Center, First Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone (650) 363-4500
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Payment types accepted by the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office are cash, checks, and credit or debit cards (Visa and Mastercard only).
San Mateo County Aessessor-County Clerk-Recroder's Office does not accept online orders; however, for your convenience, 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 through its website, www.vitalchek.com, An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® and Visa®.
Mailed requests for certified copies of death certificates must be accompanied by a notarized application. (Application form will require the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader which may be downloaded for free.) Mail the application with the required payment in a preprinted check (payable against a USA bank) or money order only to the above address- Attn: Vital Records. Make checks payable to San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder.
Processing time may take several days. Please expect to receive your copies via regular mail in approximately two weeks. If you wish to expedite your request you may opt to send it via overnight mail. If so, please include a pre-paid overnight return envelope along with your notarized application and check or money order. Certificates from the years 1865 to 1965 may require an additional two days for processing.
An amendment to any death certificate must be completed through the State Office of Vital Records. Please see website for forms and instructional packet www.dhs.ca.gov