How to Find Death Records in Arizona?
A certified copy of death records may be required for many reasons such as legal purposes, to inform social security, to obtain death benefits, to claim beneficiary entitlement from insurance, etc.
In the state of Arizona, only certain people are permitted to obtain certified public death records. These are:
- The spouse of the deceased person
- Adult children of the deceased person
- A grandchild of the deceased individual
- Siblings of the deceased individual
- Funeral Director
- Power Attorney Designate
- Beneficiary or executor of the deceased person’s estate
- Healthcare institution or hospital
- A person whose name appears on a court order, etc.
Individuals who are 18 years old and above may apply to obtain Arizona death records.
How to Find Death Records in Arizona?
In Arizona State, a person may obtain a copy of death records in any number of ways.
You will need to send an application to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Your application must contain the following:
- A complete application form for a certified copy of a death certificate
- A legible copy of the front and back sides of any government-issued picture ID. This must have a signature. You may also submit a notarized signature.
- Eligibility Proof. You have to demonstrate that you are a person who is eligible to obtain a certified death certificate copy. To view the entire list of eligible individuals, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
- The required fee as stated in the fee schedule; $20 USD plus additional charges. Please note, only money orders, cashier’s checks, MasterCard and VISA are acceptable. Refrain from sending cash. Your money order or cashier’s check must have the exact payment amount. It should be made payable to ‘Office of Vital Records’. If you plan to pay with your credit card or debit card, include the entire card number and expiry date on your application.
- A stamped and self-addressed envelope along with your application. Your certified death certificate copy will be sent to you in this envelope.
Please send this entire application to the following address:
Bureau of Vital Records
PO Box 6018
You will receive a certified copy of the death certificate within 7 to 10 business days after your application is sent.
If you plan to obtain a copy of a death certificate by visiting the Arizona Department of Health Services, then please be aware that same day services are not provided. You may obtain this service from your local county health department called the Bureau of Vital Records. Each county within the state has its own Bureau of Vital Records, however, you may visit any location provided the death certificate was issued from Arizona. Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services and scroll down to the counties listed.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has partnered with an independent company to enable a citizen to obtain Arizona death records online. VitalChek Network, Inc. is the only internet ordering service authorized by the Arizona State government to provide you with expedited ordering services.
To order online death records, start by visiting VitalChek. This will take you directly to Arizona public records. Here you will be required to complete an online form. You will be asked questions such as the city in Arizona where the death occurred, date of death, the reason for your request, etc.
To obtain the first copy, the fee is $20 USD. VitalChek processing fees are applicable at $11 USD. VitalChek accepts all major credit cards for payment.
If you opt for regular mail delivery from USPS, there is no shipping fee. Your certified Arizona death record will be delivered within 7 to 10 working days.
To expedite your order, you will be required to pay additional shipping fees of $18.50 USD. Your order will be shipped via UPS and will reach you within 3 to 5 business days.