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 (all counties), or the
county where the vital event occurred. Each county and the state office has 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. Directions are available.
The person requesting a certified copy of a death record must provide
the following information and a signed request:
- Full name of deceased,
- Date of death (month, day, year),
- Place of death (city, county),
- Age of deceased at death,
- Race (optional),
- The number of copies requested.
- Relationship to deceased.
Don't know what county the death occurred in? Use
this site to find the county by selecting the city the death occurred in.
Georgia law requires that payment must be received before a record or a service can be provided. Prepayment of the fee is necessary at the time the service is requested and fees are not refundable. 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)
Where to Request a Death Certificate
The following options are available for requesting a death certificate:
- Fill out a form online, print it, sign it, and mail it to Vital Records
- You may download a PDF version of the Death Certificate Request Form, which you may print out. Please fill it out completely, and mail it to the State Vital Records Office.
- Or, you may write out the information required (see Required Information, above) on a sheet of paper and mail it to the State Vital Records Office.
Mail your request to:
2600 Skyland Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
- Request a death certificate in person at the state Vital Records Office or the
County Vital Records Office where the death occurred.
- 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.
Methods of Payment
Fees may be paid by one of the following methods: Please do not send cash in the mail. (Make certified checks and money orders payable to Vital Records.)
- Certified check
- Money order
Fetal Death Certificates
Contact the state office at 404-679-4702 regarding certified copies of fetal death certificates.