Forms and Documents
This document provides clarifying information regarding the Coroner's Office involvement.
This document may be completed by the legal next of kin to allow another individual to retrieve property from the Coroner's Office on his or her behalf. This document must be accompanied by a copy of the legal next of kin's government-issued identification (such as a driver license or passport).
This document may be completed by the legal next of kin to allow another individual to act on his or her behalf for final disposition. This document must be accompanied by a copy of the legal next of kin's government-issued identification (such as a driver license or passport).
Starting September 1, 2011, the San Mateo County Coroner's Office will only be accepting the above authorization form to release remains in the custody of the Coroner's Office. The form will need to be completed with the decedent's name, kin information, kin signature, and verification information from the mortuary. If additional signatures are attached, please be sure to include both pages of the form. Prior to retrieval of the decedent, fax the completed form to the Coroner's Office at (650) 571-6258
Autopsies are available for deaths which are not within the Coroner’s jurisdiction. These autopsies are done by written request of the legal next of kin, and the requestor pays customary charges for the autopsy. (California Government Code Section 27520)
When requesting the San Mateo County Coroner's Office to take custody of human remains (including fetal remains of 20 weeks uterogestation or more) which are unclaimed purusant to Health and Safety Code Section 7104.
A list of registered California Trauma Scene Practioners.