Does the Medical Examiner's Office (MEO) issue death certificates?
How long does it take for an autopsy report to be ready?
Who can request an autopsy report and under what conditions?
- The decedent's legal next of kin
- A person or agency with written permission of the next of kin (an attorney or insurance company)
- Any person with a court order or subpoena for the report
Requests should be made using the Records Request Form.
What are the fees for autopsy reports?
- Autopsy report (includes toxicology report): $30.00
- Toxicology report: $3.00
- Complete case file: $35.00
- Photos: $5.50 (each)
- Histology slides: $5.50 (each)
How long are bodies kept at the Medical Examiner's Office?
Who can claim a body at the Medical Examiner's Office?
What are the procedures for in-person identification at the Medical Examiner's Office?
What is the process for obtaining DNA samples for paternity testing?
The toxicology laboratory keeps samples suitable for DNA testing for a period of at least one year after the date of death. For many cases additional samples are kept for several years.
Learn more about DNA samples and requirements.
If you still have questions, or to inform the lab that you need a DNA sample held for longer than a year, please contact us at 215-685-7460.
Does the Medical Examiner's Office offer internships?
The toxicology lab accepts chemistry and biology majors in their junior or senior years, as well as graduate students in forensic toxicology.
The investigative unit accepts anthropology, criminal justice, and forensic medicine majors; students in other majors may be accepted as well.
The pathology unit accepts medical students and pathology residents; students and residents should contact their school directly for more information.