How to Find Arizona Death Records
Death Records in Arizona
Arizona’s Office of Vital Records maintains records of deaths that
occurred in Arizona. Because Arizona is a “Closed Record” state, only
authorized persons can obtain a copy of an Arizona death certificate.
Vital records in Arizona are restricted and not a matter of public
record. Arizona law restricts access to vital records to protect
The following people may apply for and receive a certified copy of a
death certificate in Arizona:
• Immediate family members or spouse of the deceased
• Attorneys representing the estate or family members
• Attorneys representing someone with a legal interest
• Non attorney with a legal interest or other vital interest that meet
• Third parties that meet certain criteria
• Private investigators that prove a business relationship with an
• Genealogist that can establish a credible relationship to the deceased
A copy of a fetal death certificate can only be requested by the parents
of the fetus as named on the certificate or to a person named by the
Only those aged 18 years old or older may order and obtain a certified
copy of an Arizona death certificate. Eligible applicants must provide
proper documentation that proves their eligibility to request and
receive a certified copy of the death certificate. In addition, they
must fill out and sign all appropriate forms, provide a valid government
issued ID or a notarized signature on the application and submit the
How to Apply by Mail
To apply by mail, you must submit your request in writing. Be sure to
• The deceased’s full name.
• The date of death.
• The date of birth if known.
• The gender of the deceased.
• The deceased's social security number.
• The place of death. Note if at a hospital or residence as well as
which city, town and county.
• If the deceased was married at the time of death, and the spouse is
now living, include the full name of the spouse.
• Your signature, telephone number and full mailing address.
• Proof of your relationship, such as a birth certificate.
In addition to the above information, enclose a clear, legible copy of
your government issued photo ID, all documents required to prove your
relationship and all appropriate feels.
Enclose a traveler’s check, money order or cashier’s check made payable
to: Office of Vital Records. If you prefer to pay by Mastercard or Visa,
write the full credit card number, expiration date and your name exactly
as it appears on the credit card on your request and sign it.
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030
For all Arizona Death Certificates ~
If you need help or have questions about eligibility, call (602)
364-1300 or (888) 816-5907 to hear a recorded message.
How to Apply in Person:
To apply in person, write your written request with all the information
above for mailing, gather your supporting documents and go to:
Office of Vital Records
1818 West Adams Avenue
You will be able to make your payment but same day service isn’t
available. They will mail your certified copy after processing.
During the first 30 days after a death, you can go directly to the
county where the death occurred and receive your copy of the death
How to Apply by Fax:
You can also fax your information to 866-346-1904 along with credit card
information and all necessary documents proving your eligibility and
identity. Be sure to print your return address and a phone number where
you can be reached during the business hours.
You address must be a physical address because faxed requests are
considered “expedited requests” and are sent using FedEx. FedEx will not
deliver to a P.O. Box. You will incur an expedited service fee as well
as FedEx fees when you fax your request.
You can also use a web service called www.VitalChek.com which will also
incur additional expedited service fees, shipping and processing fees.
Certified copies of death certificates cost $10 per copy. Expedited fees
cost $6.50 per transaction. FedEx fees cost $14 per transaction for the
contiguous continental states, $23 per transaction for Alaska, Hawaii
and Puerto Rico, and $24 per transaction for Canada and Mexico.
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