Coroner Seals and Public Administrator Seals
Upon completion of a death investigation at a residence or place of business, the Coroner Investigator may seal the location, residence or room to protect and preserve the decedent’s personal property on behalf of the legal next of kin. Depending on the circumstances and the status of the next of kin, either a Coroner Seal or a Public Administrator Seal maybe utilized. Both seals prohibit entry into the sealed premises without permission. In order to enter a sealed residence you need to obtain authorization from the agency listed on the seal. If the seal is blue, the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office must be contacted at (323) 343-0755 to obtain authorization. If the seal is white, it means that the Los Angeles County Office of the Public Administrator has been notified of the death and they are handling the decedent's affairs until the legal next of kin comes forward. The Los Angeles County Public Administrator can be reached at (213) 974-0460.