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Request Medical Examiner records

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) does not provide death certificates. To get a death certificate contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

To request records having to do with an autopsy or investigation done by the MEO, you must fill out the records request form and pay for the reports you want.


Only the following people can request records from the MEO:

  • The legal next of kin for the person who died.
  • A person or agency with written permission of the next of kin. This is usually an attorney or insurance company.
  • Anyone with a court order or subpoena for the report.

Where and when

Print and fill out the records request form. Mail it or bring it in person to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

By mail

Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office
321 University Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

In person

To drop the request off in person, use the directions to 321 University Ave. to plan your visit. You may request records Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

It typically takes at least six to eight weeks for an autopsy report to be completed, and in complex cases it may take longer.


You can pay for the reports using a check or money order.

Complete case file
(includes autopsy and toxicology reports)
Photos Histology slides Autopsy & toxicology reports
 $35 $5.50/each $5.50/each $30