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    Requesting Autopsy Reports and Death Certificates


    ​​Unless a death is under investigation, in most cases an autopsy report is a public document. ​

    The cost for autopsy reports is $25 for first-degree family members -- a parent, child, or sibling -- and $100 for all others. An autopsy report request form is here. At present, the OCME cannot accept payment by credit card. Send a check or money order to 


    Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 

    900 W. Baltimore Street 

    Baltimore, MD 21223​ ​

    Written reports take time to complete. About 90 percent of reports are completed within 90 days of the determination of cause and manner of death. If a case is still pending, your request will be kept on file and the report mailed out as soon as it is available. 

    The OCME does not issue death certificates. You can obtain a death certificate from the funeral director if you have a funeral home or crematory, or from the Division of Vital Records​.​​​

    Except in a case of a finding of homicide, a "person of interest", may request the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to correct findings and conclusions on the cause and manner of death recorded on a certificate of death under § 4-502 of the General Provisions Article within 180 days after a medical examiner files those findings and conclusions.

    The request to correct the findings and conclusions on a death certificate shall:

                1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Be in writing to the Chief Medical Examiner;
                2. ​​​Describe the requested change precisely; and
                3. ​​State the reason for the change.
    ​The request to correct the findings and conclusions on a death certificate should be hand-delivered or delivered by certified mail, return receipt requested, to:   

    ​ Chief Medical Examiner 

    900 W. Baltimore Street 

    Baltimore, MD 21223​​

    As defined in § 4-101(g)(3)​ of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland:  A "person of interest" is the spouse, adult child, parent, adult sibling, grandparent, or guardian of the person of the deceased at the time of the deceased's death.​​​