CORONER - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get a copy of the Coroner Report and or Autopsy report?
Reports of the Coroner’s office are covered under the Laws of Washington State in RCW 58.50.105 which states who may obtain reports.
RCW 68.50.105 - Autopsies, post mortems - Reports and records confidential - Exceptions.
Reports and records of autopsies or post mortems shall be confidential, except that the following persons may examine and obtain copies of any such report or record: The personal representative of the decedent as defined in RCW 11.02.005, any family member, the attending physician or advanced registered nurse practitioner, the prosecuting attorney or law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction, public health officials, or to the department of labor and industries in cases in which it has an interest under RCW 68.50.103.
The coroner, the medical examiner, or the attending physician shall, upon request, meet with the family of the decedent to discuss the findings of the autopsy or post mortem. For the purposes of this section, the term "family" means the surviving spouse, state registered domestic partner, or any child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, or sister of the decedent, or any person who was guardian of the decedent at the time of death.
How do I obtain a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate?
Information needed to search for a death record.
Listed in order of importance, provide as much of the following as possible. These items are required:
• Full name of deceased (First, Middle, Last)
• Date of death (or 10 year period to search)
• Place of death (City)
To help ensure the correct record is found, please also provide additional identifying information, if known:
• Age of deceased
• Marital status; spouse's name, if married at the time of death
• Parents' names
• Last known address
• Name of funeral home