Vital Records

Death Certificates

Santa Cruz County Health Services issues certified certificates for: 

•Only Arizona DEATHS from February 1, 2008 to the present.

If you need a birth certificate for a passport or for dual citizenship/immigration purposes, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

The Office of Vital Records DOES NOT issue certificates for the following:
•Birth certificates please see the State Office of Vital Records (Phoenix)
•Birth & death certificates from different states - please contact the respective state's vital records office 

Confidentiality Notice: Arizona is not an open record state. Birth and deaths are confidential.

Death Certificate Application

  1. Obtaining a Death Certificate
  2. Eligibility Requirements

In PERSON:

  1. Applicant must provide a valid ID (see identification requirements).
  2. Check proof of eligibility to see if additional documents are required.
  3. Bring the appropriate fee ($15 each)

By MAIL:

  1. Pick up an application form at our office or print a form out from the internet.
  2. Please provide a valid notary signature and seal on the application form OR a copy of applicant's valid ID (see identification requirements).
  3. Check proof of eligibility to see if you need to mail any additional documents.
  4. Mail the appropriate fee. Please allow 1-2 weeks from the time you mail your application

If applying IN PERSON, applicant must show one of the valid, government-issued, photo IDs listed below. If applying BY MAIL, submit a valid, notarized signature on your application or a copy of one of the valid, government-issued, photo IDs listed below.

Valid Government Issued Identification with Picture and Signature:

  • United States issued Drivers License or Identification Card
  • United States Territories Drivers License or Identification Card
  • United States Military Identification Card that contains bearer's signature (some do not)
  • Tribal Identification that contains bearer's signature
  • Passports – United States or Foreign issued (passport must be signed)
  • Visa – In a passport and the bearer's signature is on the passport not the Visa
  • Permanent Resident Card issued on or after May 11, 2010 which includes a signature
  • Employment Authorized Card (Forms I-766, I-688A or I-668B)

Note: Expired, cracked, broken, taped or faded identification cannot be accepted.