Death Records

COVID-19 Information

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the safety of the public and staff, the Oakland County Clerks Office is closed to the public, except by appointment only. We strongly encourage you to utilize our online or by mail options before considering an in-person appointment. Please note, appointments are limited. See below for options in performing each service and read the corresponding web page carefully on how to proceed:

Appointments/Notice to callers - updated 6/16/2020

  • We are experiencing high call volumes. If you cannot reach an agent, please be patient and continue to call. You will not be able to leave a message. Phones are being answered between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment and for all questions for the Vital Records Office please call 248-858-0571. Appointments are limited. Please reserve in-person transactions for urgent matters only.
  • You may contact us with any questions at clerkvital@oakgov.com.

Attention Notary Publics: Per Executive Order 2020-131, notary commissions that expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020. Per the Office of the Great Seal, when acting as a notary, cross off your expiration date, hand write the new expiration date, initial and add the directive. Example, "expires 7/31/2020, per EO 2020-131". (Be sure to initial your changes.)

Order Death Certificate Online
Certified copies of Death Certificates are available for events that occurred in Oakland County. All copies issued by this office are certified copies and serve as an original document. Death Records prior to 1942 are available in person or by mail only.

Order Online

  • You must provide the full name of the deceased and the date of death. If you do not know the date of death for whom you are looking for, please use the Genealogy Research Service.
  • Your credit card is authorized for the amount charged at the end of your transaction. Only when the Clerk's Office fulfills your request, and your record(s) have been mailed, will your credit card be charged for the amount of the transaction.

In Person

Death Certificates requests received in-person are provided the same day. Please note, our busiest times are 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

By Mail

  • Include completed Death Request Form.
  • Include payment - see Fees section for more information.
    • For payment by credit card - you must include a photocopy (front and back sides) of both your credit card and valid driver license or state ID.
  • Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • Requests submitted by mail are processed within 3 business days and should be received within 7-10 business days.

​Electronic Death Registration System

The State of Michigan's Electronic Death Registry System (EDRS) allows for the electronic submission and acceptance of death records from funeral homes, medical examiners and physicians.

If you have not yet filed a death record through EDRS, you will need to sign up to use the system and obtain a fingerprint scanner, which is required to sign in to this system. The steps to become an EDRS user and the fingerprint scanners are available (at no charge) from the Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics in Lansing. Please contact them directly by phone at 517-373-6579 or by email to the State of Michigan.

Genealogy Research Service

Search and order death records that have occurred in Oakland County. There is no fee for this service; fees are only applicable if you order a certificate. For more information regarding this service, please visit our Genealogy Research Service page.