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Instructions for Obtaining a VS-9 Permit for Scattering of Ashes

Burial Permits (VS-9)

Birth & Death Registration

How to Obtain a Burial Permit

Burial permits are used for burial, cremation, the scattering of ashes or disinterment. Burial permits may be obtained through any licensed funeral director or by applying in person at the Orange County HCA Office of Vital Records located at:

200 W Santa Ana Blvd. Ste 100b
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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  • To obtain a new burial permit, bring either a copy of the original burial permit, transit burial permit, or death certificate. If you do not have a copy of the original forms, you will be required to complete a “Disinterment Form” prior to receiving the new burial permit.
  • To verify the identity of the person requesting the new burial permit and to ensure that this person has the right to control disposition of the remains, Birth and Death.
  • Registration staff will ask the requestor for valid photo identification.

The fee for a burial permit is $12.00 (Effective January 1, 2019) and may be purchased from Birth and Death Registration between the hours of 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

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

If you have any questions regarding our scattering of ashes services, please feel free to contact us.

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