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VITAL RECORDS

Correcting or Amending a Death or Fetal Death Certificate

An Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form is required to:

  • Correct minor spelling errors
  • Correct most items on the certificate
  • Add an AKA (also known as) to the decedent’s name
  • Add information to most blank items

For additional information please see the informational pamphlet Affidavit to Amend a Death Record.

A Physician/Coroner’s Amendment VS 24a (PDF) form is required to:

  • Amend medical information on a Death Certificate

For additional information please see the VS 24A Fact Sheet and Medical Amendment FAQ.


Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are used to support the information being amended.  Acceptable documents include copies of the following:

  • Vital Records (Birth, Death, or Marriage)
  • All other documents that support the request for the amendment


Sworn Statement

A notarized Sworn Statement, completed by an authorized person, is required to receive a certified authorized copy of the amended certificate.  Please visit the Authorized Copy vs. Informational Copy webpage for a list of authorized persons.


Amendment Fees

Death Amendment

  • Within the first year from date of death: There is no fee to amend a certificate.  However, to receive a certified copy of the amended certificate there is a fee of twenty-one dollars ($21) per certified copy
  • Any time after the first year of death: There is a twenty-three dollar ($23) processing fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Each additional certified copy is twenty-one dollars ($21)

Fetal Death Amendment

  • Within the first year from date of death: There is no fee to amend a certificate.  However, to receive a certified copy of the amended certificate there is a fee of eighteen dollars ($18) per certified copy
  • Any time after the first year of death: There is a twenty-three dollar ($23) processing fee, which includes one certified copy of the amended certificate.  Each additional certified copy is eighteen dollars ($18)


Processing Times

CDPH-VR processing times may occasionally increase as do the volume of requests.

Currently Death (prior to 2005) and Fetal Death (prior to 2013) Amendments are processed within six (6) to eight (8) weeks from the date CDPH-VR receives the request.


Helpful Tips

  • Complete all documents in black ink
  • No erasures, alterations or whiteouts are allowed on the VS 24 form
  • This will create a multi-page certificate with the amendment attached


Helpful Links

Affidavit to Amend a Record VS 24 (PDF) form.  To view sample form click here (PDF).

Amendment Sworn Statements (English) (Spanish)

Affidavit to Amend a Death Record pamphlet

Directory of County Vital Record Offices


Other Amendment Types

General Birth Amendment

Court Order Name Change

Correcting a Sex Field Error

Sex Change/Reassignment

Adoption

Acknowledgement of Paternity/Parentage

Adjudication of Facts of Parentage

Supplemental Name Report

Marriage

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