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Death Records

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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