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Burial Permit Instructions for the General Public
Burial Permits are required by California law prior to the disposition of human remains such as burial, cremation, or scattering of cremated remains. Permits may be obtained through any California licensed funeral establishment or by applying in person at our office.
Pursuant to Health and Safety Codes (H&SC) 7501 and 103060, the person having the right to control the disposition may apply for the Permit. This person is specified in Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 7100 in the order named:
Agent under a power of attorney for health care who has the right of disposition
Adult child of the decedent
Parent of the decedent
Adult sibling of the decedent
Adult person in the next degrees of kinship
A conservator of the person appointed
A conservator of the estate
The public administrator
Obtaining a Burial Permit in person:
1. Walk-in service is available Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, between 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Plan for a 30 minute wait time for processing.
2. The applicant must bring a valid government-issued photo identification.
3. Provide a copy of the official death certificate or previously authorized permit.
4. The fee for each Permit is $12.00 and is accepted by cash, check, cashier’s check, money order, and credit/debit card.
5. The Permit is issued the same day.
Obtaining a Burial Permit by mail:
1. Allow 3 weeks for processing and mail time to receive the Permit.
2. Mail the following items
Copy of the official death certificate or the previously authorized permit.
Legible copy of the applicant’s valid government-issued photo identification
Payment in the form of check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to OCHCA in the amount of $12.00 for each Permit needed
Stamped, self-addressed envelope
Cover letter addressed to PERMIT ISSUANCE. Indicate the final place of disposition such as the cemetery name and address or the sea scattering location. Provide your contact phone number or email address.
3. Mail all Items to:
County of Orange Health Care Agency Office of Vital Records Attention: PERMIT ISSUANCE 200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B Santa Ana, CA 92701
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