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Coroner: Death Certificates

Death certificates and cremation permits are issued by coroner's staff as needed seven days a week once information is received online from funeral home staff.  In 2015 there were a total of 2,775 death certificates signed by either the Coroner or the deceased's physician for those deaths reportable to the Coroner.  Of these 2,775 deaths, there were 1,603 cremation permits issued.    

There are two types of death certificates issued by coroner's staff, a temporary death certificate and permanent death certificate.  A temporary death certificate is issued whenever possible within seven days after the death of your loved one occurs.  It contains all information that appears on the permanent death certificate except for the cause and manner of death.  In the cause of death section of a temporary death certificate will be the words pending investigation.  This means that cause of death has not yet been determined; perhaps an autopsy and/or testing has been performed or coroner's staff is awaiting written opinion from your loved one's physician regarding the cause of death.  The permanent death certificate is issued when cause and manner of death has been determined.  This may occur the same day that death occurs, within days following the death, or perhaps weeks following a death; dependent upon the circumstances of the death, what testing is needed and whether autopsy is performed to determine the cause of death, and whether inquest is held to determine the manner of death.  If inquest is held, the permanent death certificate is issued on the day of inquest.  All death certificates are issued online.   

A copy of the temporary and/or permanent death certificate may be obtained either through the funeral home or the Division of Vital Records at the Peoria City/County Health Department at 2116 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61604; phone (309)679-6034.  Coroner's staff is unable to issue certified copies of death certificates. 

You may also be able to obtain a copy of the death certificate through the Peoria County Clerk's Office at the Peoria County Courthouse located at 324 Main Street, Room 101, Peoria, IL 61602; phone (309)672-6059.      

Should there be a financial institution, insurance company, employer, or another business that requires more information than what is detailed on a temporary death certificate; please ask them to communicate directly with Coroner Johnna Ingersoll by phone at (309)669-2000 or via email at jingersoll@peoriacounty.org; and the Coroner will share whatever information is available to help. 

 

 

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