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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 confidentiality.

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 certain criteria
• Third parties that meet certain criteria
• Private investigators that prove a business relationship with an eligible person
• 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 parent.

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 appropriate fees.

How to Apply by Mail

To apply by mail, you must submit your request in writing. Be sure to include:
• 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.

Mail to:
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030

For all Arizona Death Certificates ~ http://www.azdhs.gov/vitalrcd/death_index.htm

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
Phoenix, AZ

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 certificate.

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.

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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