The County recognizes the need for emergency disposition of remains outside of its regular office hours when delay could cause serious distress or hardship. Emergency filing only applies to the following cases:
- Religious necessity
- Natural disasters
- Extraordinary circumstances requiring out-of-state transportation of a body by the deceased person's family.
In consideration of these unique circumstances, the Department of Health Services has arranged with the County Coroner's Office to provide for filing of death certificates and issuance of disposition permits on weekends and holidays. Those needing to file a death certificate and receive a disposition permit may apply as follows:
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Office of Vital Statistics
415 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa
Emergency Filing Only:
Weekends and holidays
Contact Sheriff's Dispatch (707) 565-2121
Coroner's FAX (707) 565-5049
This emergency procedure excludes home deaths filed by family members.
When submitting emergency paperwork after hours, funeral homes will fax these forms to the Coroner's Office. Coroner's staff will verify the completion of the forms, issue an authorization number, and call or fax the authorization number to the funeral home.
Funeral Home Application for Death Certificate (PDF: 23 Kb)
Funeral Home Application for Fetal Death Certificate (PDF: 23 Kb)