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Why Does Someone Need Kansas Death Records?

A Kansas death record, or death certificate, can be used to help settle the estate of someone who passed away in the state. Death records are needed to close bank accounts and utilities and satisfy insurance requirements. You might think that you’re not entitled to a copy of a death record if you aren’t related to the deceased, but that’s not true. Provided that you meet certain requirements set out by the state, you should be allowed to request a copy. There are a few ways you can get Kansas Death Records listed below.

How Do I Obtain a Kansas Death Record?

Each copy of Kansas death records costs $15, though additional fees may apply. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are five different ways you can request a copy of a death record in the state:

  • In person: Visit the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays to request a copy of a certificate. You can pay by cash, credit card, check, or money order. The whole process should take around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Online: You can use a third-party service to order a copy through Vitalchek. Payments must be made by credit card, and there is an additional fee of $12.50 for expedited service. You should receive the record within three to five business days.
  • By Phone: If you’d like to order a copy by phone, you can call 1-877-305-8315 at any time of the day or night. Payment by credit card and an additional service fee of $12.50 are required. You will receive the copy in three to five business days.
  • By Mail: Send your application, plus a check or money order, to the Office of Vital statistics in the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka. If your request is successful, you will receive the record within five to ten business days.
  • By Priority Mail: If you urgently need a copy of  Kansas death records, you can send your application, as well as a check or money order, via priority mail to the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics. You will need to include a pre-paid priority self-addressed envelope in your application. It should be sent to you within three to five business days.

What Information Do You Need to Obtain a Kansas Death Certificate?

Because of heightened concerns about identity theft, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment requires applicants to submit government- or state-issued photo ID if they are applying in person, by mail, or by priority mail. Drivers’ licenses, state IDs, passports, visas, and military IDs are all acceptable. You can also bring two of the following if you do not have any ID:

  • Social Security number
  • Bank statements – must have current address
  • Car registration – must have current address
  • Utility bill – must have current address
  • Paycheck – must have address and Social Security number
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  1. I need Rennie Valentine Nickell death certificate, He was born May 6, 1879 in Kentucky. He is on the Kansas census records.
    There is also a Rennnie Valentine Nickell in the same time frame, he was also born in Kentucky in 1877.
    I need this for genealogy purpose only.

    1. Unfortunately this is an older death certificate, much older than we have in our Kansas death record database. You will want to contact the Kansas State Archives or the Kansas Department of Health and Vital Statistics as they are the managing agency for death records in Kansas.

      How to Get a Copy of a Kansas Death Certificate

      You can order Kansas death certificates from the Kansas Department of Health in person, online, by mail, or by phone. Provide the full name of the person in question. Pay the $15 fee for the Kansas death certificate copy.

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Last Updated: December 16, 2017

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