Unless there is a specific need for personal identifiers, non-confidential data files should be used. Some fields on the death files are only available for specific uses as prescribed by law. Confidential Death Files include personal identifiers such as Mother’s Maiden Name (MMN) and/or Social Security Number (SSN). Users may need to obtain approvals from the California Department of Public Health Vital Statistics Advisory Committee (VSAC) and the California Health and Human Services Agency's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) in order to use confidential data files for research purposes. Once the files are obtained, users must follow strict guidelines to protect the confidentiality of the data.
Death Data files are compiled from the information reported on the death certificates, including detailed demographic information related to the decedent. Below are brief descriptions of available death data files.
Prices for these data may vary depending on the product and the years requested. The cost of data files and available years are provided in the applications listed below. For applications please click here.
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