Office of Vital Records

Apply for a Death Certificate

See Who Can Obtain a Death Certificate.

Apply in Person

Same day service is available for applicants requesting certified copies of death certificates. For older deaths, a search may be required. If a search is required, same day services in not available and the certificate will be mailed.

Our lobby is open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. However, only customers who arrive before 4:00 PM will be served.

To apply in person you must bring the following:

  • A valid government-issued picture identification which bears your signature.
  • Proof of eligibility.
  • Appropriate fee. Acceptable payment methods are: cash, traveler's checks, cashier's checks, money orders, Visa, or MasterCard. Cashier's checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to Office of Vital Records.

Apply by Mail

To apply by mail you must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Certified Copy of Death CertificatePDF
  • A copy of the front and back of your valid government-issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized.
  • Proof of eligibility.
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request.
  • Appropriate fee, according to the fee schedule. Acceptable payment methods are: cashier's checks, money orders, Visa, or MasterCard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier's checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debit card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.

Note: An incomplete application will delay the processing of your request.

Note: The average processing time for applications submitted through the mail is five business days from the date the application is received in Vital Records.

Expedited Service

If necessary, you can also request expedited service.