The following is information pertaining to the process of obtaining a death certification in Elkhart County.
We only issue death certificates for individuals whose death occurred in Elkhart County. We cannot issue certificates for individuals whose death occurred in another county or state. Requests must be made directly to the vital records office in the state where the death occurred.
A record cannot be identified as available prior to purchase because under State statute (IC 16-37-1-11 and IC 37-1-11.5), the fee associated with a death certificate is for the Vital Records office to search the records to determine if a record is on file. The search fee includes one copy of the certificate, if the record is found; search fees are non-refundable.
Indiana Codes 16-37-1-10, 16-37-1-11, and 16-37-1-11.5 serve as the State statutes for the fees, relationship, and identification requirements to purchase documents from the Vital Records office. The purchaser must have a “direct interest.” A direct interest is defined as a documented and verifiable financial and legal interest or an immediate direct kinship (parent, adult sibling, or grandparent) to the person named on the record.
Others such as guardians, attorneys, funeral directors, or other authorized agents acting on behalf of the registrant or their family may demonstrate a direct interest when information is needed for determination or protection of personal or property rights.
Depending on the individual’s interest in the record, additional documentation may be required.
For a full listing of identification requirements, please see the Identification Requirements page within the Relevant Information section of this website.