The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner works closely with local funeral homes to arrange for transport and funeral care for every decedent. State Medical Examiner staff are available to answer questions from families regarding the examination of their loved one. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.
The date of an autopsy depends on many factors, including the complexity of a case, availability of staffing, and caseload. Please consult with the IOSME prior to planning services.
Cremation permits are obtained electronically via the Iowa Vital Events System (IVES).
Please fax forms to 515-725-1414. Documents sent via email may not be addressed in a timely manner.
- ME-13 Funeral Home Next-of-Kin Authorization for Body Removal — UPDATED June 2019
- Request for Autopsy Report - Family (Typeable Word Format) — Please Note: All requests must be notarized
Directions to the IOSME
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This address is not our mailing address.
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