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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. If you need an official copy of a Kansas death certificate then it’s best practice to reach out to the relevant state government agency for this.

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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8 responses to “Kansas Death Records

  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.

  2. I am looking for my grandfathers death certificate. Name Jack Fluke. Passed away September 7, 2017. Just to look at for my own knowledge.

    1. In order to view the actual death certificate of your grandfather you will want to reach out to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as they are the managing state agency for Kansas Death Certificates.

      How to Obtain a Copy of a Kansas Death Certificate

      1. Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website
      2. Select the “Order Death Certificate” option
      3. Order a death certificate online, by phone or by mail
      4. Pay the $15 and an extra $12 for expedited service
      5. Receive your Kansas death certificate by mail in a few weeks

    1. Cheryl, since these are very old Kansas death records you have a few options. You can reach out to the Kansas Department of Vital Statistics. They will typically only issue Kansas death certificate copies to immediate family or if you have a court order. Another option, if they do not have these old public records in their database is to contact the Kansas state archives. Lastly you might consider looking up the genealogy records via an Ancestry site.

      How to Find Old Kansas Death Records

      1. Contact the Kansas Department of Vital Records
      2. Visit the Kansas State Archives Website
      3. Research using Ancestry websites
      4. Check old Kansas newspaper obituaries

  3. I would like to know what is listed on my sister, Linda Ann Weber Lea, death certificate as cause of death. DOB 11-15-1951, death 4/30/1997 or 98.

    1. Unfortunately our Kansas death record database does not have the cause of death listed. You will want to reach out to the Kansas Department of Health – Vital Records Department. You can order death certificate copies online, in person or over the phone @ 877-305-8315. Certified copies of Kansas death certificates cost $15 and can be mailed to you directly.

      Ordering Kansas Death Certificates

      1. Walk into the Kansas Vital Records Office
      2. Order a copy of a KY death certificate online
      3. Order a KY death certificate copy over the phone
      4. Request a copy of a KY death certificate by mail

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Last Updated: April 25, 2019

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