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Kentucky Death Certificates

Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY  40621
(502) 564-4212

The Vital Statistics office has on file death certificates from 1911 to the present. Certified death certificates can be ordered and the required fee paid by phone, mail, Internet or by visiting the office. Please allow up to 30 working days for processing of all type of certificates ordered through the mail. 

Note:  The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics cannot by law, provide free information from records, perform a genealogical search or verify whether a certificate is on file without a completed application form and the required fee attached. The Kentucky Vital Statistics office will, upon receiving the application and fee, perform a search of the records and if a certificate is on file, it will be mailed to you. The required fee covers the cost of the record search and no refunds are issued if a certificate is not found. The office does not issue non-certified copies or photocopies of certificates.

Information needed to obtain a death certificate:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The month, day and year of death
  • The county of death

Additional information needed:

  • Name and address where the certificate is to be mailed.
  • Phone number where you can be reached during the day from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
  • The number of copies being ordered.

Enclose a check or money order payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer to cover the cost of each certificate ordered and mail to:

Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY  40621


Death Certificates

Cost:  $6 for each certified copy

Download Death Certificate Application

For credit card and UPS orders click here or call:
toll free (800) 241-8322

Fax Orders:
toll free (866) 283-7477

Please go to VitalChek to obtain fax applications under Order Methods.


Last Updated 6/1/2015