The importance of death records like San Bernardino County Death Certificate is best understood when one understands the importance that death would have, not only upon the people whom the deceased would leave behind, but also upon those whom the deceased are not even familiar with and those who are not even aware of the existence of the deceased. This is because death is something that terminates the civil personality of the person, and without civil personality, a person could not enter into any contracts, incur any obligation, or even to own property. Thus, when a person is dead, he could not actually enter into any legal relationship with anyone.
Of course, there are those who would take advantage of the fact that a person is dead so that they could contract under the name of the deceased without incurring any obligation for themselves under their own names. Identity theft is a reality that most people suffer from thus, it would be a good practice for a businessman to make sure that the people that he is dealing with are the real people that he should be dealing with by asking for copies of these records and making sure that those people whom he is dealing with does not actually have a death record that would prove that the person is actually dead.
As the official records of the government, these records are the best evidence that one could use in order to prove the fact of the death, and the fact that the records exists would be taken by most courts as prima facie evidence of the death of the deceased. Of course, the deceased who is not actually dead, or anyone else for that matter who would claim that the records are false, would be able to prove that the records are false, but they could only do so by overturning the presumption of regularity and presenting competent evidence that would overturn the presumption.
Copies of the death records are available at both the state or national level and the local or county level, with the person interested in the record having to decide where to take the search. Of course, if the person is not sure as to where the death had occurred, then he or she would have no choice but to make the search at the national level through the Vital Records Section of the California Department of Public Health where the method for making the request would require the person interested in the record to send a competed request form to the office through mail. Note that when the request form is sent, it must be accompanied by a money order or check to answer for the required fee which is twenty one dollars per record.
Copies of San Bernardino County Vital Records may also be obtained online through the use of online databases. These are mostly privately owned archives, but the information that is contained within them could be accessed easier and are substantially the same as that of the various official archives. In addition, they are faster and more efficient in both searching and presenting the information contained within them.