Nevada death records kept at the state-level will go back to July 1911, but many counties have their own registrations that are older. For the standard collection of records from 1911 until the present, the office of Vital Records will be your source of information.
They will issue a certified copy of a death record to anyone who is a relation of the deceased (by blood or marriage), or a legal representative who requires the documents. You just have to mail in the request form, with appropriate fees to get your Nevada death records sent to you.
The forms are available from the Nevada Health and Human Services website (http://health.nv.gov/PDFs/FP_Forms/2010-12/deathcertapp.pdf), and its just a simple 1-page from requesting basic information about the deceased as well as yourself. For them to locate the right record, they need the deceased's full name (first, middle and last), their social security number if you have it, the place of death, the date of death, birth date and parent's names. For the mother, add her maiden name if you know it.
You'll need your own name and address as well, and some photo ID for yourself. Don't send any originals, just a clear photo copy of front and back of your driver's license or other form of government-issued identification. There is also a field for you to identify what your relation is to the deceased and why you are requesting this Nevada death record.
The cost is $20 to have a record searched and retrieved, and it will not be refunded if they are unable to locate the death certificate you want. You can pay in cash if you are delivering your request in person, but mailed-in forms will have to be accompanied by a check or money order. Make them out to the "Office of Vital Records and Statistics".
Once you have everything completed and put together, you can mail the application to the Office of Vital Records, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104, Carson City NV 89706 USA. They also have regular business hours when you can drop your application off in person. You will still have to wait for your retrieved records to be mailed, as they do not have while-you-wait service for vital records requests.
If you are looking for Nevada death records from before 1911, you can contact the county registrar's office where the death took place and see if they have any archives that cover that time period. You can also do more research at the Nevada State Library and Archives (http://nsla.nevadaculture.org), where they have many links to online resources for county, church and cemetery records. Carson City has all their death records indexed for online searching, for example. They also have a collection of burial permits back to 1879 that can yield good death information.
The State Archives has much more material for in-person research, and they are located in Carson City at 100 North Stewart Street.
These are the steps for requesting Nevada death certificates by mail:
You will need to fill out a Nevada Death Certificate application in order to request Nevada death records by mail.
All requests must be accompanied by a copy of your driver's license or other government-issued photo ID.
Include a check or money order in the amount of $10, and mail your identification and application to the Office of Vital Records.
For further questions regarding the access of Nevada death records, you can contact:
Nevada Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Obtaining Copies of Nevada Death Records
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has maintained Nevada death records since July 1911. You can make your request to the Department directly in person, or you can fill out an application and send your request by mail.
Options For Ordering
You can order Nevada death records by mailing the Department an application and other required documents, or you can visit the Department in person. There is also the option to order online using a credit card that is offered by an independent company for an additional charge.
Limited Access To Records
In order to access Nevada death records, you must meet certain qualifications. Death records will only be given to immediate relatives, legal guardians, legal representatives, and others that are able to demonstrate a legal need for the record.