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.