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Public Health Investigation

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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Public Health Investigation
5555 Ferguson Drive, Suite 120-04
Commerce, CA.  90022
Phone: (323) 659-6148
Fax: (323) 728-0217
Body Shipment/Port of Entry

Human remains to be shipped to a foreign country require a certified letter from the local health department. Mortuaries are able to secure written documentation that the remains to be shipped are free from communicable disease by requesting the Body Shipment or Port of Entry Letter.

Public Health Investigation Administration has been designated as the office to process requests for Port of Entry Letters. In cases where the cause of death is "deferred", the mortuary must first obtain a Deferral Letter with an original signature from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner and the original death certificate.

This office does not provide letters for cases handled by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner or for cases handled by the City of Long Beach and Pasadena.

To request a Body Shipment/Port of Entry Letter, click here.

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