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Indiana Death Certificates

Indiana death records are available to eligible customers after the passing of a spouse, child, parent, grandparent or anyone with an immediate direct kindship to the deceased. Additionally, a death certificate search is available to any legal or financial agency with a direct interest in the decedent. As such, customers may order death certificate credentials in person, by mail or online. To obtain a copy of death certificate credentials in person, applicants must submit their request through the local health department (LHD) for the county in which the event took place. To search public death records by mail, however, customers must submit their request through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Vital Records office. Alternately, customers may obtain a death certificate online if they wish to place their order from the comfort of their home. After the passing of a loved one, customers can get a copy of a death record online here. To learn more about how to obtain a death certificate in Indiana, review the information below.

Types of Public Death Records in Indiana

Two types of Indiana death records are available to eligible customers. These public death certificates include certified and non-certified copies. Additionally, records of death may or may not include the decedent’s cause of death. If customers wish to find a death in Indiana, then they may perform a search through the ISDH (if the event took place after 1900), an LHD office (if the death took place prior to 1900) or online here. With each application for death certificate credentials, customers must pay a non-refundable search fee.

After completing the death certificate search, applicants receive a certified copy of the decedent’s record if they can provide proof of direct interest or kinship and the office can locate the credential. If the Indiana death index does not have the deceased’s record on file, however, then customers will not receive a refund, as the application fee covers the actual search. If the office is able to find death certificate credentials, then customers may use the certified record to claim life insurance benefits or apply for Medicaid. Alternately, applicants may receive a non-certified death certificate copy if they do not have a direct interest in the deceased or cannot provide proof of an immediate direct kinship.

How can I use a copy of a death certificate in Indiana?

After customers request death certificate credentials, they may use the certified record to claim insurance benefits or remarry after the passing of a spouse. Additionally, Indiana death records are available to customers who need to complete the following legal transactions after the passing of a loved one:

  • To claim a spouse’s pension, Social Security and/or life insurance benefits
  • To apply for Medicaid benefits
  • To modify credit card or banking information
  • To modify the names on a home mortgage, vehicle title or lease

Who can order Indiana death certificates?

Customers may order a certified death certificate in IN if they can submit proof of direct interest in the decedent. For instance, certified death records are available to the parents, siblings or spouses of the deceased, as well as the children, aunts, uncles or grandchildren of the decedent. However, customers who apply for a death certificate must provide proof of their relationship to the deceased. In some cases, applicants may need to provide proof of their identity as well. Furthermore, certified records of death are also available to funeral homes, as long as the applicant can provide proof of eligibility. To request a death certificate without proof of direct interest, however, customers may obtain a non-certified record if they can submit proof of legal interest in the decedent. Customers may order a death record online here.

How do I get a death certificate in Indiana?

Learning how to get death certificate credentials depends on whether customers wish to obtain a record for an event that took place before or after 1900. To request death certificate credentials for an event that took place prior to 1900, customers must contact the local health department (LHD) for the county in which the death took place. In most cases, death certificates are available in person through county LHD offices. To find a death certificate for an event that took place after 1900, however, customers may mail their request directly to the ISDH Vital Records office in Indianapolis. If customers need to find death certificate credentials for an event that took place between 1900 and 1917, then they must provide the name of the city and/or county in which the death took place. As another option, records of death are available online here.

In Person

When learning how to get a death certificate in person, applicants should know that credentials for an event that took place prior to 1900 requires them to contact the LHD office for the county in which the death took place. While customers can generally order an Indiana death certificate in person using the LHD office’s walk-up services, it is important to contact the facility ahead of time to gather specific application requirements. If performing a death certificate search for an event that took place between 1900 and 1917, then customers must provide the name of the city and/or county for which the death took place.

By Mail

To obtain a copy of an IN death certificate for an event that took place after 1900, customers may mail their request directly to the ISDH Vital Records office in Indianapolis. To order a certificate of death by mail, customers must complete an Application for Search of Certified or Non-Certified Copy of Death Record and send it with payment for any applicable fees and proof of identification to the address below:

Indiana State Department of Health

Vital Records

P.O. Box 7125

Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125

“How long does it take to get a death certificate by mail?” is a question applicants often ask. When submitting an application for a death certificate, the processing time varies depending on whether applicants wish to receive their record via regular mail or express courier. To receive IN death records via an express courier, however, customers must pay an additional fee. Alternately, applicants may order death certificates online here if they wish to receive their certificate in less time.

Online

As another option, customers may order a death certificate online by providing the name of the city and state for which the event took place, the date of the death and a reason for the request. Depending on the reason for the request, customers may need to provide additional information as well. To order an Indiana death record online, customers may submit a request online here.

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