(Only for deaths occurring in Nebraska since 1904)
A legal copy of a death certificate cannot be issued without proper purpose. You may get a death certificate for your spouse, your parent, or your child.
Be sure that you meet the above proper purpose before applying for a copy of a death certificate (a request by spouse, parent, next of kin or legal representative of deceased). The fee for the search will be kept if no record is found or the right person has not asked for the record. You will be notified in writing if no record is found or the proper purpose has not been met.
To get a death certificate by mail, send an $16.00 check or money order made out to Vital Records (no credit cards) and send the following information:
- Name of deceased
- City of death/County of death
- Month/day/year of death
- Your relationship to decedent
- Why record is needed?
- A photocopy of the current government-issued photo id of the person making the application, i.e. current drivers license
- Decedent's Information Only
- Year of birth/Birthplace
- Spouse’s full name
- Father’s full name
- Mother’s full maiden name
- Funeral Director
Death Certificate Application
Application for Amendment including instructions.
The "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth" Application must be applied for by mail or walk-in, not through the Internet or VitalChek.
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
Phone: (402) 471-2871
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