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What It Is

The Office of Vital Statistics (OVS) has on file death records from 1911 to present day for deaths that occurred in Kentucky.

Death Certificate Purchases

For death certificate purchase methods, please visit our Certificate Purchase Options page.

Information Needed for Certificate Purchase

  • Full name of Kentucky decedent
  • The month, day and year of death
  • The county of death

Additional Information Needed:

  • Requestor's name and full mailing address where the certificate is to be mailed
  • Phone number (including area code) where you can be reached during the day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
  • The number of copies being ordered

Enclose a check or money order payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer to cover the cost of each certificate ordered and mail to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street, 1E-A
Frankfort, KY  40621

How to Request an Autopsy Report

Kentucky autopsy reports can be obtained by sending a written request to the coroner in the Kentucky county where the death occurred. Please contact the local county government office or the funeral home that cared for the decedent to obtain the name and address of the county coroner. You can also call the Kentucky Coroners Association at (502) 564-4545.

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