Death Certificate

How does the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner help families?

A properly completed death certificate is usually necessary to claim insurance, receive government benefits, settle the estate, and pursue any civil or criminal legal action.

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How do I get a copy of the autopsy report and death certificate?

For deaths occurring in the state of Iowa, the final autopsy report is available to the legal next-of-kin upon receipt of a notarized written request; there is no charge for this report. To...

Who can obtain copies of the autopsy report and death certificate?

The cause and manner of death is a matter of public record and can be released, unless release of such information will hinder or harm an ongoing criminal investigation [Iowa Code 22.7(41)]. The...

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Printed from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner website on May 14, 2021 at 5:57pm.