Death is not something that would have effects that would be binding only upon those people who are familiar with the deceased and his or her family as death is something that would have effects that would be binding upon the whole world. After all, the fact of the death of the person means that such person could no longer be counted upon to fulfill whatever obligations, legal or otherwise, that he had left behind, but this does not mean that those people to whom such obligations are due are left without a recourse. The law allows them recourse, but at the same time, they must first follow the procedure for the same, and it is because of this that death records like Kern County Death Records are being asked for.
This is so because death is not something that courts could take judicial notice of. No matter how famous a person is, the fact remains that the law says that death is something that would first have to be proved, and the best way to prove the fact of the death of the person would be through the use of these records as these records are the official records of the government in regards to the death of the person named in the record. It must be noted, however, that the presumption applies only if the records that are going to be presented were obtained from the official sources and only if there would be no other competent evidence that would suggest otherwise.
This is the reason why the party presenting the records in question would be under no obligation to prove the fact of the death of the person named in the record, yet, most tribunals would still ask that party to prove that they had obtained the records in question from the official sources. Note that since the records in question are made only upon the death of the person named in the record, the presumption of regularity means that most tribunals would not even look into the contents of the records before being convinced of the death of the person named in the record.
A request for copies of the records in question could be done at both the state or national level and the county or local level. Of course, the actual method for making the request would depend on the office where the request would be made, and since there is only one source at the national level, the procedure for making the request at the state level would be through the mail as that is the procedure required by the department of health. At the local level, one could make the request through the mail or in person.
Kern County Death Notices may also be requested for online through the use of online databases which are mostly privately owned databases and because of this, despite the fact that they could provide information that would be substantially the same as that which could be found from the official archives, any and all information obtained from them could not be used for official purposes.