Death records are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property interest with the decedent. If you are not a relative of the deceased person, you must provide proof of your relationship to the deceased.
If you are requesting a death certificate as the duly authorized agent or legal representative, you must submit a written document naming you as one of the following:
- A licensed attorney acting on behalf of a decedent or his/her estate;
- An agent authorized by power of attorney;
- A court-appointed personal representative, executor/administrator
- Or an agent with expressed, notarized authorization.
If you are requesting a death certificate as someone claiming a legal, personal or property interest, you must submit a written document demonstrating that you have a personal or property interest at stake, such as a will naming you, a letter on a firm’s letterhead or a file-stamped copy of a complaint at law.
Limited exceptions to these restrictions apply only to those records that qualify as genealogical records under the provisions for Genealogical Research.
Costs for the records are:
$14.00 for the first copy
$8.00 for each additional copy
If the record is not found to be on file within this jurisdiction, a certificate of no record found is available for purchase. The cost of the certification is $1.50 payable to the Lake County Clerk’s office.
Death Record Request Form (PDF Format)
Request a Record Via Fax
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