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 The Oklahoma State Department of Health Division of Vital Records is responsible for registering every death which occurs in the State of Oklahoma; as well as preserving, amending and issuing certified copies of those records in accordance with state law.

What Are Your Business Hours?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 4:00pm. We are closed on State Holidays.  

Where Do I Get An application For A Death Certificate?
Application For Search And Certified Copy Of Death Certificate (English)

Who May Apply For A Death Certificate?
By state law, death records filed are not open for public inspection. Obtaining a death certificate by or for fraudulent purposes is punishable by law.

The person requesting the certificate must meet one of the following eligibility standards:

  • Person Acting the Subject’s Best Interest
    • A surviving spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or legal guardian;
    • Legal representative of the estate of the deceased as documented by an order from a court of competent jurisdiction;
    • An individual who can establish a familial relationship with the deceased;
    • Funeral director of record or agent thereto, working in the capacity of their official business;
    • Person with a court order from a court of competent jurisdiction;
    • A person who was a co-owner or a joint tenant on real or personal property of the decedent;
    • A person listed in a will of the decedent, provided the will is in probate; or
  • Genealogist or Others (see link for more information Death Certificate Eligibility)

Additional documentation may be required demonstrating the requestor’s authorization to obtain the death record requested.

What Identification Is Required?
A photocopy of a valid government issued photo ID by either the applicant or an individual attesting for the applicant is required for issuance of certificates.

If you are mailing your application - Send a photocopy. Do not send your original ID. Photocopies must be legible.

Primary Identification - NEED ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

  • U.S. Issued Driver’s license or Identification card (current or expired less than 3 years ago)
  • U.S. Passport
  • Foreign Issued Passport with Visa (I-94)
  • Government issued Military photo ID
  • Tribal Photo Identification Card containing the bearer’s signature
  • Oklahoma Self-Defense Act (SDA) License or OK Concealed Carry permit
  • Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
  • Employment Authorization Card (Form I-766)
  • Employment Authorization Card (Form I-688A)
  • Temporary Resident Card (Form I-688)
  • Oklahoma Dept of Corrections Consolidated Record Card (CRC)

No Primary Identification?
If you do not have a primary ID, then two Secondary IDs must be presented. One of the Secondary IDs must show your current address. Certificates requested using secondary ID will be mailed to the applicant at the address provided and cannot be picked up at a Vital Records office. See link for a list of secondary IDs (
Acceptable Forms of Identification).

How Do I Apply For A Death Certificate In Person?

Out of an abundance of caution due to increasing COVID-19 cases around the state, appointments have been suspended through the end of the year at all locations. Online and phone orders are typically processed the next business day.

How Do I Apply For A Death Certificate By Mail?

(Complete mail orders are issued within 4 weeks)

Required: 1) Application death, 2) Photo ID, and 3) Fees birth checks or money orders should be payable to OSDH.

4) Birth and death records are confidential. If you are not a named parent or the subject of the record, you will need to include additional documentation before a record can be released.

Address:  Vital Records Service

                Oklahoma State Department of Health

                PO Box 53551

                Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Failure to include all required items or submitting incomplete applications will cause delays in completing your request!

How Do I Apply For A Death Certificate Online?
(Complete online orders are issued within 1-2 business days)

The Oklahoma State Department of Health does not accept online or phone orders directly; however, for your convenience, you can process on-line requests through our partner. An additional fee is charged for using these services and all major credit cards are accepted including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.

 INTERNET or PHONE 877-817-7364: Birth and Death Certificates issued to eligible death applicants. Cost is $20.00 for the first copy and $15 for each individual copy. Online rates will vary for non-residents. Orders may be expedited for an additional fee.

How Much Does A Certified Copy Of A Death Certificate Cost?
The fee for the search of a death certificate is $15.00 and will include the issuance of one certified copy to a qualified applicant if the certificate is on file. Additional copies will be issued at a cost of $15.00 each. The searching fee is not refundable or transferable. All fees expire one (1) year from the receipt date.

Please make your check or money order payable to OSDH.

Corrections or additions to death certificates will require additional fees and the submission of required documentation. Instructions and assessment of fees will be made on an individual basis after your application has been received and reviewed.

Death Certificates

  Search of files and the issuance of one (1) certified copy if certificate is on file

$15.00

  Additional copies (each)

$15.00

Amendments to Death Certificates

   First Certified Copy

$35.00

   Additional copies (each)

$15.00

How long does it take to get a certified copy of a death certificate?

Note: Below are the average processing times for general issuance, however requests which require certificates to be amended or replaced (e.g. adoption) will take longer.

  • Online and phone orders Complete order are issued in 1-2 business days. These may be expedited through our partner VitalChek. Mail orders will not be expedited.
  • Mail: allow at least 4 weeks for standard issuance.

NOTE: Applications which are incomplete or do not include proper fees or ID will be delayed. If additional documentation is requested, additional time will be required.

What If There Is An Error On The Death Certificate?
Death records may be amended in accordance with Oklahoma law based on specific legal documents. Please complete an 
application and mail it along with a copy of your ID and a detailed description of what the error is. Once we have reviewed your application, we will send you a letter of instruction. An additional fee of $20 may be requested to cover the cost of the amendment.

What Is An Apostille?
An Apostille can be attached to a certified copy of a death record to verify that the person who certified the document was an official at the time of the certification. These are routinely required for foreign use. The Secretary of State’s office is authorized to issue an Apostille in Oklahoma.

Fees, location, and office hour information for the Secretary of State’s office is available at https://www.sos.ok.gov/business/apostilles.aspx.

How Far Back Does Oklahoma Have Records Available?
Oklahoma began filing death records in October of 1908. It was not mandatory, however, that these records be filed until 1917. Because death records were not required for identification as they are today, not all records prior to 1940 were placed on file consistently.

Who Is Responsible For Filing A Death Certificate?
It is the responsibility of the funeral director to obtain the personal information from the next of kin or best qualified source available. Once that is complete, the funeral director will provide the record to the physician to complete the cause of death information. Once that is complete, the funeral director has the final  responsibility to file the record with the State Registrar.

What If The Death Occurred In Another State?
The National Center for Health Statistics has information on vital record for all states. For more information, view Where to Write for Vital Records.

How Can Physicians and Their Staff register to file Certificates Online?  
In In order to use ROVER you must have a log in and be trained (Self-Training). If you are a physician, physician’s assistant, birth clerk, or funeral director interested in an in-person training, you can call or email to schedule one and it will be provided free of charge. You can email AskRover@health.ok.gov, or call 405.271.5380 with questions or to talk about scheduling a visit.

What If I Have Other Questions?

  • Write: Oklahoma Vital Records, PO Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK 73152
  • Call: (405) 271.4040
  • E-mail: AskVR@health.ok.gov
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