In Oklahoma, the Vital Records Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health maintains and issues the Oklahoma death records of all deaths that occur in the state of Oklahoma. The Vital Records Service maintains Oklahoma Death Records of 1908-Present. Not long after becoming a state, Oklahoma started to accept death records for filing. Oklahoma became a state in 1907 and it began maintaining vital records such as birth and death records in 1908.
In 1917, the state of Oklahoma made the filing of birth and death records mandatory. However, it wasn’t until the 1940?s that the filing of birth and death records became a norm. Today, the Vital Records office of the Oklahoma State Department of Health maintains the records of each and every death that takes place in the state. Provided you’re an immediate family member of the deceased or someone with a tangible interest in the record, you can easily obtain a person’s death record by contacting the Oklahoma Vital Records Service. Two types of death records can be obtained from the Vital Records Service: open records and sealed records. Following is what each type of record refers to.
This is the Oklahoma death record made available to the eligible individuals. The Oklahoma Vital Records Service maintains open death records of the previous 75 years. To obtain this type of death record, you need to provide proof of eligibility and photo ID, complete the application, and pay the fee.
These records are known as sealed records because they require a court order to open. In short, you can obtain this type of death record only if you have the relevant court order.
There are a few different ways of making a request for and obtaining death records in Oklahoma including in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.
To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit the local Vital Records Service office, complete and submit Death Certificate application, present a copy of your valid photo ID and pay the $15 fee.
To request the death record you need by mail, complete and mail the aforementioned application along with a copy of your valid photo ID and pay order or check for the fee to:
Vital Records Service Oklahoma State Department of Health PO Box 53551 Oklahoma City, OK 73152
The final way to make a request for and obtain Oklahoma death records is online. To make the records available online, the Oklahoma Department of Health has partnered with VitalCheck, an independent company that provides the vital records of different states online. To make an online request, visit the website of VitalChek and follow the instructions given there.
Another way to obtain Oklahoma Death records is through online public databases. To find out more, contact the Vital Records Service at 405- 271-4040.
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Responses to “Oklahoma Death Records”
Kathleen, you’ll want to contact the Oklahoma Department of Health directly to inquire about your grandmother’s death certificate. If this OK death certificate was converted into a digital format you might be in luck. You’ll want to contact this state department directly to find out for sure. Their direct phone number is 405-426-8000
My grandmother died in Muskogee, Ok in Sept. 1936. I have looked every site I can find for her maiden name. Would her death certificate have her maiden name on it or only her 3 married names? Also would a copy oh her death certificate still be avaliable?
Janice, you will want to reach out to the Oklahoma State Department of Health to request a copy of an OK death certificate. Since you are immediate family you should have no difficulties ordering this online through their website. You can also call this Oklahoma department directly at 405-271-5600
Lou, unfortunately the Oklahoma death record you are looking for is older than what we currently have in our Oklahoma vital record database. You can also contact the Oklahoma Department of Public Health to inquire about this death record
My great-aunt, Miley Exum Stanfield Bateman, died 16 May 1931 in Oklahoma. I believe it was in Allen County, but I’m not sure. If Oklahoma deaths are public record, how can I look up a record of her death and see it?
How do I get the application to request a copy of a death certificate in Oklahoma?
I need one for my great aunt Malvina (Reed) Large, born Oct. 8, 1879 and died in June 1962 in either Venita, OK or in Okmulgee, OK. I am 77 and do genealogy for my family. Malvina was the sister to my grandmother and is the only one I have not been able to get her exact death date and where she is buried there in OK.
I will be glad to send $ if you would let me know how to do this.
Thank you so very much,
Doris, you will need to contact the Oklahoma Department of Health to inquire about getting your death certificates. They are the managing state agency for vital records. Please also note that there may be delays with Oklahoma death certificates being sent out during the Covid Pandemic. Their phone number for your convenience is 405-271-5600
My husband, Donald Edward Hoggatt, passed away Oct10,2020 and I not received the death certs I ordered since he was cremated. I really need them..please help
Carol, in order to obtain a copy of an Oklahoma Death Certificate you will want to contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Through this Oklahoma state agency you can obtain copies of vital records which include death records, birth records and marriage records. You can order a copy of an OK death certificate online, in person or over the phone. Their phone number, for your convenience, is 877-817-7364
How Do I Get a Copy of an Oklahoma Death Certificate?
1. Visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health website
2. Fill out the form for a copy of an Oklahoma death certificate
3. Provide proof of identification and relation to the deceased
4. Pay the processing fee and the certificate will be mailed to you
I would like to know if I could get a death certificate For a baby I had in June 1984 . I know I filled out paperwork for his name . Jasper Adam I’m not sure if they allowed his dad name Pratt on it or mine Long. If I could get one would you let me know .
Last Updated: 2017-06-04