The Vital Records Division of the North Dakota Department of Health is responsible for maintaining and issuing the records of all deaths that occur in the state of North Dakota. The Vital Records Division maintains North Dakota Death Records of 1893-present. It is important to note that access to certified death records in North Dakota is restricted and only the immediate family members of the deceased or people with a tangible interest in the record can request for and obtain a person’s death record.
There are three types of death records that you can request for and obtain in North Dakota: A certification of the facts of death, a certification of death and an informal copy of a death record. Following is a brief explanation of each type of record.
This type of death records is available for issuance as soon as the funeral home registers the facts of the death with the office of Vital Records. This type of death record does not contain too much demographic information. However, it does reveal the social security number of the deceased. Generally, people request this type of death record to close bank accounts, transfer title of property, or get discounted airline travel.
The office of Vital Records can issue a full and completed copy of the death record to immediate family members or other eligible people once a physician or coroner has completed the medical section of the record. People request a certification of death for insurance purposes or other purposes where SSN is required.
This is a type of death record requested for and required by genealogists. Similar to a full death record, informal copies of a death record can be issued to anyone for any reason. However, these copies do not reveal the SSN number of the deceased and the cause of the death.
You can request for and obtain North Dakota Death Records in a number of ways including in person, by mail, and online. Let’s briefly take a look at how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.
To make an in person request for the record you need, visit the office of the Vital Records, present proof of identification and pay the $5 fee.
To request for the death record you need by mail, complete and mail the Request for Certified Copy of a Death Record along with a copy of your valid photo ID to:
ND Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
In addition to the above, mail a pay order or cheque for the fee.
You can make an online request for the death record you need by visiting the website of the Vital Records division of the North Dakota Department of Health and following the instructions given there.
Another way to obtain North Dakota Death Records is through online public databases. To find out more, call the office of Vital Records at 701-328-2360.