Death records are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property interest with the decedent. If you are not a relative of the deceased person, you must provide proof of your relationship to the deceased.
If you are requesting a death certificate as the duly authorized agent or legal representative, you must submit a written document naming you as one of the following:
A licensed attorney acting on behalf of a decedent or his/her estate;
An agent authorized by power of attorney;
A court-appointed personal representative, executor/administrator
Or an agent with expressed, notarized authorization.
If you are requesting a death certificate as someone claiming a legal, personal or property interest, you must submit a written document demonstrating that you have a personal or property interest at stake, such as a will naming you, a letter on a firm’s letterhead or a file-stamped copy of a complaint at law.
Limited exceptions to these restrictions apply only to those records that qualify as genealogical records under the provisions for Genealogical Research.
Costs for the records are:
$14.00 for the first copy
$8.00 for each additional copy If the record is not found to be on file within this jurisdiction, a certificate of no record found is available for purchase. The cost of the certification is $1.50 payable to the Lake County Clerk’s office.
Due to the cost and the inability to re-purpose the state-mandated security paper used to issue vital records, once an order for certificate copies is processed our office cannot offer any refunds.