Obtain death documents related to an investigation

How to obtain documents related to an Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) investigation of a death.


The documents available depend on the type of post-mortem examination or review the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) conducted on the specific case.

Death certificates must be ordered through a registry agent.

Types of documents available

Not all types of documents are available on every file.

Certificate of medical examiner

This certificate is not a death certificate:

This document is often required by institutions like banks, insurance companies and legal firms to settle deceased’s claims and other dispositions. It gives the deceased’s:

  • name, sex and age
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • cause of death
  • manner of death
  • brief description of circumstances

External examination report

A report of the findings when a medical examiner does an external examination of the deceased.

Autopsy report

This report describes the medical examiner’s findings and conclusions when a medical examiner performs an autopsy on the deceased.

Toxicology report

If toxicology testing was done, this is a report of the findings.


OCME documents cost from $15 to $40 per copy.

How to obtain reports

Death certificates must be ordered through a registry agent.

Step 1. Fill out the form (if you are eligible)

You must be:

  • a verified next-of-kin under the Fatality Inquiries Act
  • a personal representative of the deceased
  • an estate administrator
  • an authorized third party (for example, insurance company)
    • a verified next-of-kin or a personal representative must first give written consent to the OCME for a third party to obtain death-related documents

If you are eligible, fill out the Request to Access Information form.

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Step 2. Submit the form

Follow the instructions on the form about how to submit by:

  • email, or
  • mail

Step 3. Wait for a response

After the OCME has received your completed Request to Access Information form:

  • The OCME will send you a letter telling you how to order reports.