How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?

You may obtain a death certificate through your designated funeral home/mortuary or from the Maricopa County Department of Public Heath, Office of Vital Registration. The OME is responsible for completing the medical portion of the death certificate within 72 hours of the examination (excluding weekends and holidays), in compliance with A.R.S. §36-325. In some cases, a specific cause and/or manner of death in unable to be determined after examination without further laboratory testing or investigation. In those instances, the cause and manner of death are listed as "Pending". Once the investigation is concluded, an amendment to the death certificate is filed with the Office of Vital Records. The funeral home/mortuary is responsible for completing the demographic portion of the death certificate. 

A death certificate can be requested in-person or online. For additional information please visit the Office of Vital Registration website. 

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1. Print a PDF version of the Information for Next of Kin pamphlet:
2. Why is the Office of the Medical Examiner involved?
3. Why is the death being investigated?
4. How are bodies transported for examination, and where?
5. What types of exams are performed?
6. What if I do not want an autopsy of my family member?
7. Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
8. Is an open casket viewing possible after an autopsy has been completed?
9. How is the time of death determined?
10. What is toxicology testing?
11. How is identification confirmed?
12. Can I request a viewing of my family member?
13. What is the process for the release of my family member?
14. If I cannot select a funeral home or mortuary will the Office of the Medical Examiner provide one?
15. How do I receive my family member's personal effects?
16. How quickly will cause and manner of death be determined?
17. What is in the Medical Examiner Report and how do I obtain a copy?
18. How do I receive death benefits if the cause and manner of death is pending?
19. How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?
20. I still have questions or need assistance regarding the death of a loved one. Who can help me?