To help protect the privacy of the deceased, the state offers 3 different kinds of North Dakota death records with varying levels of information.
The full death certification includes the deceased's Social Security number (SSN) and will also provide information on the cause of death. The "facts of death" certificate has no cause of death information but does have the SSN and can be used for banking matters. An information document is intended for genealogical research, and does not have either the cause of death or the SSN.
The first two types of North Dakota death records are only issued to direct relatives of the deceased or any legal representatives. In these instances, a qualified relative would be spouse, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild. The informational record can be acquired by anyone. Along with your request forms, you will need to provide identification for yourself. This will include a photocopy of one piece of photo ID, or 2 pieces of alternative ID (acceptable IDs are listed on the forms).
You can get the proper forms to request a North Dakota death record from the Department of Health website (http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/forms/death.pdf). Fill them out completely with the deceased's full name, date of birth, date of death and place where they died. Also provide your own contact information and copies of ID as mentioned above. You also need to indicate which type of death document you are requesting (full, facts of death, informational), the costs are the same for all three.
You must also include the search fee with your forms, which at present is $5 USD for the first copy, and an additional $2 for extra copies of the same record. They don't accept cash, but you can pay by check, money order or credit card. Checks and money orders need to be issued to the "ND Department of Health". Refunds are not issued even if the records you request are not found.
With the completed forms and fee, you can either mail the package to the Division of Vital Records, 600 E. Boulevard Ave, Dept 301, Bismark ND, 58505-0200 USA or go directly to their office for same-day service. Their physical address is Room 118 in the Judicial Wing of the State Capitol building in Bismark. Mailed in requests are processed in about a week once they get there, and in-person requests are done while you wait.
The collection of North Dakota death records held at the Vital Records office date back to 1881 right up until the present. For older records, the various archives at the State Historical Society (http://history.nd.gov/archives/index.html) may be of some use as well.
You can also do a search for death records with the Department of Health (https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm) as long as the death took place more than 1 year ago. This is just an index but can let you know if the record you want is in their collection.
In order to request copies of North Dakota death certificates, take these steps:
To request a certified copy of a North Dakota death certificate, you will need to fill out a North Dakota Death Certificate form.
A copy of your photo ID is also required to accompany your request. This can be an ID issued by the state government, the federal government, or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Send a check or money order for $5 covering the search fees, the application, and the copy of your ID to the Division of Vital Records.
For more information regarding accessing North Dakota death records, contact:
North Dakota Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
600 E. Boulevard Ave. – Dept 301
Bismark, ND 58505-0200
Ordering Ohio Death Records
The Ohio Department of Health is the department that you will need to contact in order to request Ohio death records. Standard processing times take three to six weeks from the point that your order was received.
Different Ordering Methods
To make requesting Ohio death records easier, there are five different ordering methods from which you can choose. You can visit the local health department where the death occurred or the State Health Department in person and make your request. You can make a request by mail. You can also order online through the Department of Health or through a third party vendor.
Public Record Access
In Ohio, death records are considered to be public knowledge. This means that any member of the public can request Ohio death records, provided that they pay the fee and known the particulars of the event. Additional fees may apply if the exact date or other information is unknown.