Medical Examiner

Roles & Services

The Coconino County Health and Human Services Medical Examiner's Office investigates reportable deaths as defined by ARS §11-593. Post mortem examinations are preformed to determine the cause and manner of death of an individual.

Upon request, Arizona law requires a medical examiner to meet with an immediate family member to assist with identification within 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of the family's notification of the death of a loved one. During that meeting, the family will be provided with an identifying photo or a description to confirm the ID is correct.

§11-597.01: Duty to conduct identification meeting; exception, immunity; definitions.
Additional information is available.

Death Certificates

Death Certificates are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Coconino County Health and Human Services, 2625 N King St, Flagstaff.

Documentation requirements to obtain a death certificate vary. Please call 928-679-7272 prior to coming in to purchase a death certificate for documentation requirements for your specific situation.

Apply by mail: Please visit Arizona Department of Health Services for a copy of the application and requirements.

To apply by mail you must submit the following:

  • A completed application for Certified Copy of Death Certificate
  • A copy of the front and back of your valid government-issued picture identification which bears your signature or have your signature notarized.
  • Proof of eligibility
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request
  • Appropriate fee, according to the fee schedule. Acceptable payment methods are: cashier's check, money orders, Visa or Mastercard. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Cashier's checks and money orders must be for the exact amount and made payable to Office of Vital Records. If you pay by credit/debt card, you must include the full card number and expiration date on your application.

Note: An incomplete application will delay the processing of your request.
Note: The average processing time for applications submitted through the mail is five business days from the date the application is received in Vital Records.