How to Find Indiana Death Records
Death Records in Indiana
The Indiana State Department of Health maintains death records for
deaths occurring in Indiana from 1900 to the present. For deaths that
occurred before 1900 you must search in the local health department in
the county where the death occurred. Requests for deaths that occurred
between 1900 and 1917 must list the city and/or the county where the
death occurred in order to locate the record.
When requesting a certified copy of an Indiana death record, you must
show proper identification. You may apply for a certified copy of a
death certificate in person, by mail, by fax or online.
You must be eligible to receive a copy and proof of your identity is
required. In order to be eligible you must be:
• The parents of the person listed on the record.
• The spouse or life partner of the person listed on the record.
• An adult child of the person listed on the record.
• Grandparent, aunt or uncle of the person listed on the record.
• Adult sibling of the person listed on the record.
• A direct descendant of the person listed on the record.
• Other family member such as a cousin of the person listed on the
record. Distant relatives require approval unless the record is 75 years
How to Apply for a Death Record in Person:
You may apply for a death record search in person at the Vital Records
Department located below:
Indiana State Health Department
Vital Records Department
6 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The office accepts walk-in requests between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM EST
Monday through Friday (closed on holidays). You will need to fill out an
application form, pay the fees and establish your identity. The average
wait time is less than an hour however you will not walk out with a
certified copy of the death record at this time. It typically takes
between three to four weeks to process the request.
For your convenience, the application for the “search and certified copy
of a death record” can be downloaded here:
How to Apply for a Death Record by Mail:
You may apply for a death record by mail by downloading and filling out
the application and sending it with the proper payment and a legible
copy of your photo ID to:
Vital Statistics, Indiana State Department of Health
P. O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
How to Apply for a Death Record by Fax:
Using the fax to apply for a death record is done through Vital Chek.
Simply fax your completed application, photocopy of your picture ID and
credit card information to 1-866-559-9629. You will be charged
additional service fees from Vital Chek. Vital Check is a service that
takes the death record order and processes the payment. Once the
information is gathered, your eligibility verified, and your credit card
processed, they forward the records request to the State of Indiana who
then retrieves the death record and mails it to you.
How to Apply for a Death Record Online:
You can apply over the internet by using the Vital Chek website,
www.vitalchek.com. When you use this online service, you may pay by
credit card however you will incur additional VitalChek service fees and
expedited delivery fees.
The fee for death record searches is set by law and costs $8. This is a
non-refundable records search fee. If the record is found, a certified
copy of the death record is included in the fee. If not, the search fee
is kept. Additional copies of the death certificate, if ordered at the
same time, cost $4 each. Payment can be made in the form of a check or
money order payable to the Indiana State Department of Health.
So long as you are eligible to obtain a copy of the death record,
applying is a simple matter of filling out a one page application,
providing a copy of your ID and paying a small fee.
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