Order Certified Copies of Death Records In Lucas County

Death Certificates Order Certified Copies of Death Records In Lucas County

Order Certified Copies of Death Records In Lucas County

There's nothing easy about losing a loved one. From the overwhelming emotion to the vast number of tasks that must be completed, it's undoubtedly a difficult time. Adding the complex navigation of obtaining death certificates to the mix can be tough.

Whether you need a Lucas County death record immediately following a death or years later, DoNotPay believes obtaining a death record shouldn't have to be an exercise in frustration. DoNotPay offers guidance on obtaining a Lucas County death record on your own, and a more comprehensive solution if you want a little more help.

Types of Lucas County Death Records

There are two main types of death records: certified death certificates and uncertified death certificates. While uncertified death certificates may be easier to obtain for individuals without a direct relationship with the deceased, they are not as comprehensive as certified death certificates and are generally not accepted for legal matters.

Lucas County only offers certified death certificates

Can Anyone Order Lucas County Death Records?

While anyone can apply for a copy of a certified death certificate in Lucas County, only certificates requested by authorized individuals will include a social security number. An authorized individual is defined as an individual with one of the following relationships to the deceased:

  • Spouse or descendent
  • Private  Investigator
  • Veterans Office
  • Funeral Director (acting on behalf of the family)
  • Investigative Government Agency Representative
  • Executor, Attorney, or Legal Agent of the deceased
  • Accredited member of the media

Potential Reasons for Needing a Death Certificate

When you lose a loved one, the last thing you are initially thinking about is all of the legal issues that must be dealt with. Still, eventually, accounts, insurance, and other matters must be addressed. The majority of these will require proof of death. The most commonly accepted evidence of death is a certified death certificate. 

Below are a few of the many reasons a death certificate may be needed:

  • Closing bank accounts
  • Making life insurance claims
  • IRS filings
  • Closing retirement accounts
  • The Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Closing credit cards
  • Transferring ownership of vehicles

Initially, there will be several obvious needs for a death certificate. However, over time, even more things will arise that also require a certified death certificate. Obtaining more certificates than you think you need will help avoid multiple application processes. 

Costs of Obtaining a Lucas County Death Certificate

The funeral home will usually offer to order death certificates on your behalf. However, if you misjudged how many you might need or misplaced your certificate(s), you may need to order more. At this point, you'll need to request additional death certificates through the Lucas County Health Department.

Lucas County certified death certificates are $25 each, with an additional $7 charge for application through VitalChek. Available payment options vary according to the application method. Regardless of the application method, additional charges may apply for paying by credit card.

The DIY Lucas County Death Certificate Application Process Explained

Lucas County only provides death certificates for individuals who passed away in Lucas County. However, there are four different methods for applying for the death certificates they offer.

  1. By Phone

If you order a death certificate by phone, certificates will be put in the mail the same or next business day via USPS. It may take up to 10 days to receive your certificate once mailed.

Be prepared with basic information about the deceased and allow for telephone hold times. Please note that additional fees may be applicable for credit card purchases.

  1. In Person

It is possible to obtain a Lucas County death certificate in person by visiting the Toledo-Lucas Health Department.

You will need a photo ID to verify you are an authorized requestor for a certified death certificate that includes a social security number. Allow time for parking, waiting in line, and the processing of the death certificate. While this may be the most time-consuming method on the front end, you won't have to wait for mail processing time.

  1. By Mail

To order a Lucas County death certificate by mail, locate the Death Record Request Form on the Lucas County Health Department website. Include the following information:

  • Name on record
  • Date of birth
  • County of birth
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Payment in the amount of $25 per certificate.
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope

Mail the above information to the Vital Statistics Office, Toledo-Lucas Health Department. Allow two business days upon receipt for processing and another 7-10 business days for the return mail.

  1. Online via VitalChek

VitalChek Network, Inc., an independent company, also processes online requests on behalf of the Toledo-Lucas Health Department. This option provides either overnight shipping or two-day shipping through UPS.

You can locate the link to VitalChek through the Toledo-Lucas Health Department website. A service fee of $7 plus the cost of the certificate and shipping will apply.

Toledo-Lucas Health Department Contact Information
Phone Number419-213-4100
Address635 N. Erie St

Toledo, Ohio 43604


Apply for Lucas County Death Records Easily With DoNotPay

Although the Lucas County Health Department offers multiple methods of obtaining a Lucas County death certificate, each of them comes with inconveniences and processes that can leave you wanting to throw your hands up in defeat.

Don't give up yet. DoNotPay offers a solution that is hassle-free and allows you to get the death certificate you need without the unwanted stress.

If you want to get a copy of a death certificate from Lucas County, but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:

  1. Go to the Death Certificates product on DoNotPay.


  2. Enter the details of the person who is on the death certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them.


  3. Enter the city, state, and hospital (if applicable) the registrant passed away in, so we can complete the correct form.


  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.


  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.


  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.


  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.


That's it! You provide the info, DoNotPay does the work.

Why Choose DoNotPay?

The only reason someone truly needs a death certificate is that someone has passed on. It's a difficult enough time. Why add even more stress when there's an easier way?

DoNotPay makes obtaining a Lucas County death certificate:

  1. Fast - No waiting in line or locating the right form.
  2. Easy - A few clicks, and you're done.
  3. Successful - With a wealth of knowledge and experience, you can rest assured you're in good hands with DoNotPay.

If there's a fast, easy, and successful way, why choose anything else? Let DoNotPay help with paperwork while you spend time on what matters most.

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