San Luis Obispo County, California Death Records
A thorough review of a death record will reveal the following: the signature of the coroner or the medical examiner, the deceased’s place of death, the deceased’s time of death, a physical description of the deceased, the deceased’s name, and the date of birth for the deceased. In the case where the cause of death is in question, a police officer’s signature or detective’s signature is usually found on the death record as well.
In 2008, San Luis Obispo County had 2,075 deaths, as you can see on this chart published by the Center of Health Statistics:
Death Record Limitations
Genealogists, historians, and scholars all use informational death record copies to learn more about the deceased. Any member of the United States public can order this type of death record with no restrictions. Authorized, official death records can be ordered by only the legal representative for the deceased person on the record or immediate family members and will contain the state or county seal. Additionally, when requesting this kind of death record, you will need a sworn, notarized statement enclosed with your request.
When requesting a death record, you will need to enclose the standard fee of $12.
State Record Requests
If you decide to place your request with the state, you will need to include the following form: Application -Death-April.pdf. The mailing address of the state is: California Office of Vital Records, MS 5103, Post Office Box 997410, Sacramento, CA 95899-7410.
County Record Requests
If you want to place your request in person, you may do so at:
San Luis Obispo County Recorder
County Clerk Recorder: Julie L. Rodewald
1055 Monterey Street, D120
San Luis Obispo, CA  93408
Web Site:
Office (805) 781-5080
FAX (805) 781-1111
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
When requesting a death record copy from the state, you will need to include the following form:
Online Death Record Requests
If you want to know more about the process for ordering a death record, you can read about it online at:

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San Luis Obispo Background Check
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San Luis Obispo Criminal Records
San Luis Obispo Birth Records
San Luis Obispo Genealogy Records
San Luis Obispo Marriage Records
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