Office of the Medical Examiner

Legal Jurisdiction

Under Arizona Law, in order to protect the public's health and safety, the Medical Examiner is required to investigate deaths that occur under certain circumstances and anyone aware of a death that falls under these circumstances is required by law to promptly report the death to the medical examiner or a peace officer.

On Monday, October 2, 2017, the State of Arizona will launch a new vital records system for death certificates. We appreciate your patience as we work through the transition. Feedback about the system can be provided directly to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services Bureau of Vital Registration at (602) 364-2230 or