Let family and friends and your physician know your healthcare preferences
An Advance Health Care Directive lets your physician(s), family and friends know about your healthcare preferences, including your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, organ donation and the types of special treatment you want or don't want at the end of your life. It also lets you name a person to speak on your healthcare wishes when you cannot articulate them yourself.
Please fill-out the downloadable Advance Health Care Directive form. Keep the original and a copy for yourself in a place or places where you can readily obtain the form. Give a copy to your physician(s), the person you name in your Advance Health Care Directive, and family members and friends of your choosing.
In addition, the Secretary of State maintains the Advance Health Care Directive Registry as required by Probate Code section 4800 which allows a person who has executed an advance health care directive to register information regarding the directive with the Secretary of State. This information is made available upon request to the registrant's healthcare provider, public guardian, or legal representative.
Obtain the form to register your advance health care directive by going on-line. Click on Form and Fees located on the side bar and follow the directions. There is a $10 fee to register your advance health care directive.
Registering your advance health care directive with the Secretary of State's Advance Health Care Directive Registry is not required for your advance health care directive to be a legally binding document. It simply serves as a place for your healthcare provider, public guardian, or legal representative to have quick access to it.