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Kentucky Death Records

Kentucky death records from 1911 to the present may be ordered from the Vital Statistics office. You can also place an order online by visiting a website which offers these records for a fee.

Death records before 1911 may be obtained from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. The contact for the office is as follows:

P.O. Box 537′
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40602
Telephone: (5O2) 564-8300

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Under state law, information from vital records, including conducting a genealogical search or verifying whether a particular record is on file, cannot be released to the public at no charge. Anyone who wants to access this information must make a request in writing and pay the required search fee.

The amount charged for a search fee covers the cost of conducting a search and is non-refundable. It is non-refundable and the Vital Statistics office does not issue non-certified copies of Kentucky death certificates.


Information Required to Order a Kentucky Death Certificate

To order a death certificate in Kentucky, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Deceased’s full name
  • Month, day and year of death
  • County where death occurred

You will also need to indicate the number of copies of the death certificate you wish to order, your name and address so that the certificate can be sent to the right person. Include a daytime phone number where you can be reached from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern time.


Kentucky Death Certificate Fee

The fee for each certified copy of a Kentucky death certificate is $6.00.


Order a Kentucky Death Certificate in Person

You can order a Kentucky death certificate by visiting the Office of Vital Statistics, which is located at:

275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Telephone: (502) 564-4212

The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Same day service is offered for orders received before 3:30 p.m.; orders received after that time will be processed on the next business day.


Order a Kentucky Death Certificate by Mail

To order a Kentucky death certificate by mail, forward your request to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

You will need to include a check or money order payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer” with your request. The average time required to process a request received by mail is 30 days after receipt by the government office.

Kentucky death certificates can be ordered quickly and securely online by visiting a website which will process your request for a fee. You have the convenience of placing an order at any time of day, from anywhere you can access the Internet.