Health Care Providers Certifying the Cause & Manner of Death
Physicians, Physician’s Assistants, or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) are required to certify the cause and manner of death if the Medical Examiner is not taking jurisdiction. In most of these cases the manner of death will be certified as Natural.
- NOTE In cases where any injury, accident, suicide, or homicide has occurred, the Medical Examiner must be notified.
The links below provide some guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health and the CDC as to how to fill out the death certificate:
General Public - How to Obtain a Copy of the Death Certificate
The Medical Examiner’s Office does not have the authority to issue copies of the Death Certificate; only the Department of Vital Records or the Funeral Home of choice can provide these to you.
Copies of the death certificate are often needed to make insurance claims, transfer titles, and to finish other financial business. Most funeral homes will help you get copies of the death certificate.
To obtain a copy from The Spokane Regional Health District Department of Vital Records, please call 509-324-1524 or visit their website