You will need to appear in person at the Local Health Office. Be prepared with the following information about the deceased:
- Full Name of Deceased
- Time of Death
- Date of Death
- Place of Death
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Did Deceased Serve in the US Armed Forces
- Marital Status
- Spouse’s Name (Prior to first marriage)
- Residence Address
- Names of Parents –
- Parent or Father’s Name (Prior to first marriage)
- Parent or Mother’s name (Prior to first marriage)
- Level of Education Completed
- Place of Burial or Disposition
- Name, Address and Phone Number of Certifying Physician
Certification of the cause of death must be obtained from the attending physician and in some cases, the Office of the Medical Examiner before the death record can be registered. Once you have obtained medical certification the death record will be filed, registered and necessary permits will be issued.
Transportation of Remains
When transporting remains, the body must be encased in a container (such as a plastic bag) which ensures against seepage of fluid and the escape of odors. A transit permit must either be attached to the container or in the possession of the person transporting the body.
Preservation of Remains
No human body may be held in any place or be in transit more than 24 hours after death and pending final disposition, unless either maintained at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, or embalmed by a licensed embalmer in a manner approved by the State Board of Embalming.
Disposition of Remains
If you are considering non-cemetery burial, or scattering of ashes, check with city/county officials to see if there are any local ordinances regarding burial on non-cemetery property.