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What It Is

The Office of Vital Statistics has on file death certificates from 1911 to the present. Certified death certificates can be ordered and the required fee paid by phone, mail, online or by visiting the office. Please allow 30 working days to process mail orders. 

Note:  The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics cannot by law, provide free information from records, perform a genealogical search or verify whether a certificate is on file without a completed application form and the required fee attached. The Kentucky Vital Statistics office will, upon receiving the application and fee, perform a search of the records and if a certificate is on file, it will be mailed to you. The required fee covers the cost of the record search and no refunds are issued if a certificate is not found. The office does not issue non-certified copies or photocopies of certificates.

Information Needed

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The month, day and year of death
  • The county of death

Additional information needed:

  • Name and address where the certificate is to be mailed.
  • Phone number where you can be reached during the day from 8 a.m. - 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 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY  40621

Death Certificate Purchases

$6 for each certified copy of a dealth certificate. Order by credit card or via UPS or call toll free (800) 241-8322. To fax orders call toll free (866) 283-7477. Please go to VitalChek to obtain fax applications under Order Methods. Applications are below.