About Remote Physician Attestation
Remote Attestation by Fax or Voice
Remote Attestation Packet Example (PDF)
Remote Attestation Tri-Fold Brochure for Physicians (PDF)
Remote Attestation for Funeral Home and Medical Facility users (PDF) NEW
Remote Attestation FAQ PDF UPDATED
Remote Attestation Glossary (PDF) NEW
What is Remote Attestation (RA)?
Remote attestation provides a method to medically certify the causes of death by fax or voice on an
electronic death record created in the State of California’s EDRS. Remote Attestation is only available
for certificates generated by EDRS.
This process simply requires the physician to sign the Physician Attestation Copy (PAC), faxed by the
system upon request by the Funeral Home or Medical Facility staff. You, the medical certifier / physician,
sign the Physician Attestation Copy in Field 115. Then, you or a member of your staff faxes it back to
the toll free EDRS fax server number, shown on the instruction sheet.
Note: The Medical Certifier must be the person who signs.
This process simply requires the physician to dial the toll-free voice attestation number on the instruction
sheet and follow the voice prompts.
Note: The Medical Certifier must be the one to call the voice attestation number.
Words of caution:
If the Physician Attestation Copy faxed to you is incorrect and requires a change, you or your staff must
contact the sender (Funeral Home or Medical Facility) immediately. The sender’s number is located on
the cover sheet.
- Do not modify, make changes or additions.
- Do not sign an incorrect attestation copy.
Your Funeral Director or Medical Facility staff will make the necessary changes that you request, and
they will request the system to fax you the corrected version. Discard the incorrect PAC as this version
will become invalid.
Do I need to sign up for an account to attest an electronic Death Certificate?
No. Physicians do NOT need an EDRS account. You just sign the Physician Attestation Copy (PAC)
of the Death Certificate that is faxed to you.
What do I do if there is an error in the Medical Information on the Death Certificate or my
license number or address is wrong?
Contact the sender (Funeral Home or Medical Facility) of the Remote Attestation and ask them to make
any necessary changes to the Death Certificate and request the system to fax you a new corrected
version for signature. The sender’s name and phone number appear on the cover sheet.
Can someone sign a Death Certificate on my behalf if they have my permission?
No. Only the Certifier who’s License Number appears in Field 116 can legally attest the Death Certificate
by voice or fax. No alternate physician or office staff may sign on behalf of the Certifier unless their
License Number appears in Field 116.
What if I receive more than one version of the PAC?
If there is an error on the Death Certificate, the Funeral Home will make corrections and re-request a new
version to be sent. Any previous version is no longer valid, and the current version is the only one that may
be attested. If the physician signs an old version, it will not be accepted by the automated system.
What is the faxing process?
After signing the PAC, fax just the PAC (no cover sheet) to the toll-free fax number
to the automated fax system. The system will scan the fax and update EDRS with the electronic signature.
Physician Steps for FAX Remote Attestation:
- The Funeral Home will have EDRS fax the Physician Attestation Copy to the Physician
- Review the PAC received by fax
- If the information on the Physician Attestation Copy of the Death Certificate is correct and accurate, sign your name and title in Field 115 and the date in Field 117
- Fax back the single PAC (no cover sheet) to the toll free number on the PAC
Physician Steps for VOICE Remote Attestation:
- The Funeral Home will have EDRS fax the PAC to the Physician
- Review the PAC received by fax.
- If the information is accurate, call the toll-free number on the instruction sheet and follow the voice prompts.