Death certificates are only issued to applicants having a direct and tangible interest, primarily family members or legal representatives of the family.
Certified copies of vital records may be obtained from the state vital records office, or the county where the vital event occurred. Each county and the state office have a public walk in service; however, county offices may be closed some days of the week or hours during the day. The state office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on weekends and holidays.
The person requesting a certified copy of a death record must provide:
- A completed and signed request form
- A certified check or money order made payable to Vital Records Services
- A photocopy of your valid photo ID, such as
- Driver's License
- State Issued ID Card
- Employee ID Card
- Valid Passport
On the request form, you must provide the county in which the death occurred. You may use this site to find the county by selecting the city in which the death occurred.
Georgia law requires pre-payment before a record or a service can be provided. Fees are not refundable after a service has been provided. Records are sent first class mail.
The fee includes one certified copy, if the record is found on file
Additional certifications of same record ordered at the same time
Multi-year search (every three years or portion thereof)
Methods of Payment
Fees may be paid by one of the following methods:
- Certified Check
- Money Order
Do NOT send cash in the mail. Make certified checks and money orders payable to Vital Records.
Where to Request a Death Certificate
The following options are available for requesting a death certificate:
- Mail a completed copy of the Death Certificate Request Form to:
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
- Write out the information on the request form on a sheet of paper and mail it to the State Vital Records Office.
- Request a death certificate in person at the state Vital Records Office or the County Vital Records Office where the death occurred.
- Obtain a death certificate online at ROVER (Request Official Vital Event Records).
Note: It is not possible to request a death certificate via email. By law, vital record search requests must be signed and paid for.
Fetal Death Certificates
Contact the state office at 404-679-4702 regarding certified copies of fetal death certificates.