In Vermont, the Office of Vital Records of the Vermont Department of Health maintains and issues the records of all deaths that occur in the state of Vermont. The Vermont Department of Health maintains records of 1896-present. However, it is important to keep in mind that you can request the Department of Health for Vermont death records of 2012-present. For earlier records, you’ll need contact the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.
In 1857, reporting the birth and deaths that occurred in the state of Vermont to the Secretary of State become mandatory for the very first time. In 1896, this responsibility was transferred to the Board of Health, now known as the Department of Health. Ever since then, the Vermont Department of Health has recorded all deaths that occurred in Vermont. However, as mentioned above, you can only request records of 2012-present from the Department of Health. For the pre-2012 records, you’ll need to make a request to the Archives and Records Administration.
It is important to note that Vermont Death Records are not public records and the only people who can make a request for it include the immediate family members of the deceased or people with a tangible interest in the record. Provided you’re eligible for it, you can request for and obtain Vermont Death Records in three different ways including in person, by mail and online. Following is how you can obtain the death record you need through each method.
The first way to make a request for the Vermont death records certificate you need is online. To make an in person request for the death record you need, visit the local Vermont Department of Health office, complete and submit the Certified Copy of Death Certificate form, present a copy of your valid photo ID and pay the $10 fee.
The second way to make a request for the death record you need is by mail. To request the death record you need by mail, complete and mail the aforementioned form along with a copy of your valid photo ID and a self-addressed envelope to:
Vermont State Archives & Records Administration 1078 Route 2, Middlesex Montpelier, Vermont 05633-7701
In addition to the aforementioned things, you need to mail a pay order or check for the fee to the above-mentioned address.
The final way for you to make a request for and obtain the death record you need is online. You can obtain the Vermont death record you need through the Vital Records Request Service. To make the records available online, the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration has partnered with an independent company. You can find out more by visiting the website of Vital Records Request Service.
In addition to the above, you can request for and obtain Vermont Death Records through online public databases. To find out more about the availability of death records in Vermont, contact the Vermont Secretary of State at 802-828-3700.