Medical Examiner

Roles & Services

The medical examiner office and morgue investigates deaths and performs autopsies to determine the cause of death and any related circumstances.

Arizona law requires a medical examiner to, upon request, meet with an immediate family member within 48 hours of notifying them of someone's death. During that meeting, the family will be provided with any identifying photos or descriptions to confirm the ID is correct.

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

Please call the Coconino County Medical Examiner Office at (928) 679-8775, Toll Free: (877) 679-7272 to request a meeting.

Death Certificates:

Death Certificates are available Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 12:00 – 4:00 PM at the Coconino County Public Health Services District, 2625 N. King Street, 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 checks, 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/debit 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.