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.
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,