Death Records

COVID-19 Information

Updated 11/18/2020 - Due to the current epidemic, to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, and to protect the safety of the public and our staff, the Oakland County Clerks Office is open by appointment only for urgent matters. We strongly encourage you to utilize our online or by-mail options. 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

  • We are experiencing high call volumes. Phones are being answered between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For questions relating to the Vital Records Office, call 248-858-0571.
  • You may also contact us with questions at clerkvital@oakgov.com.
  • For questions regarding Concealed Pistol Licenses, contact us at cpl@oakgov.com.
  • Due to the epidemic, appointments are limited to NEW Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) only. If your matter is urgent and you are not able to make an appointment online, you may call our office at 248-858-0571.

Schedule Appointment

Please reserve appointments for urgent matters only, and consider an online or by-mail option instead, to protect the safety of all.
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.