Oklahoma death records can be ordered from the Department of Health Vital Records Service. Anyone can order a certified copy of a death certificate by submitting an application in writing and providing an acceptable form of identification. Although these records are not available to the public for inspection, you also have the option of ordering one online from a website which can access an online database for the information.
The state has been filing death records since October, 1908. In 1917, it was not mandatory to file death records in Oklahoma. Vital records for deaths which occurred before 1940 may be difficult to locate for this reason.
Information Required to Order Oklahoma Death Records
When you request an OK death record, you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Full name of the deceased
- Date of death
- City or county where death occurred
- Name of the funeral home which handled the final arrangements
You will also need to indicate your relationship to the deceased and provide a handwritten signature, along with your return mailing address. Government-issued photo ID must also be provided to process the application.
Oklahoma Death Certificate Search Fees
The search fee to look for an Oklahoma death record is $15.00. This amount is paid in advance and is non-refundable. Make your check or money order payable to “Vital Records Service.”
Order an Oklahoma Death Record in Person
If you would like to order an Oklahoma death record in person, counter service is available Monday-Friday between 8:30 am. and 4 p.m. at the following locations:
Vital Records Service, Room 117
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 Northeast 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
Telephone: (405) 271-4040
James O. Goodwin Health Center
5051 S. 129th East Ave
Tulsa, OK 74143-7004
Pittsburgh County Health Department
1400 East College Avenue
Waiting Time for an Oklahoma Death Record
If you choose to visit the Vital Records Service or one of the other offices providing this information in person, you should allow at least 60 minutes for the staff to conduct a search and provide you with a copy of the death record.
Mail orders for Oklahoma death records will take at least four weeks to be processed after the date of receipt of the information. Expedited service from the US Postal Service is available, and you can expect to receive the certificate within 24-48 hours.
If you choose this option, you will need to provide an envelope with the correct amount of postage attached or a check payable to the courier company to cover this amount. Account numbers will not be accepted for this purpose, since the Vital Records Service would be held responsible if the recipient does not pay the delivery fee for any reason.
Rather than ordering an Oklahoma death record in person or by mail, you can access this information online. Visit a website which offers vital records for a fee and fill out the application to see a copy of it quickly and easily.
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