Effective July 12, 2010, the state law changed regarding access to vital records. In order for a person to obtain a certified copy of a birth, marriage, or death record, the requestor must present proof of identification. They must also present proof of direct and legitimate interest in the record if they are acquiring a record other than their own record. Please review all allowable forms of identification and ways to establish eligibility according to this new regulation.
Requesting a Certified Death Certificate
To request a certified copy of a death certificate, please complete a Death Certificate Order Form. You may also write, email or fax the City Clerk’s Department a letter including the following information:
- Date of death
- Full name of the deceased including first, middle, and last name
- Name and mailing address where we should send the certificate
- Number of certified copies you are ordering
- Your relationship to the deceased
To authorize someone else to obtain a certified death certificate for you, please complete an Authorization to Release a Vital Record Form.
The first certified copy is $15 and any subsequent certified copies requested at the same time, for the same record, are $6 per copy.
Please make the check or money order payable to "City of Lewiston." Please note that the city also accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit card payments. Both payment and the application form and/or the letter of request may be mailed, emailed or faxed to:
City Clerk’s Department, 27 Pine St., Lewiston, ME 04240-7297
Note: Please include a self-addressed stamped Number 10 (business size) envelope if mailing in your request.