Who can receive an autopsy report?
To obtain a copy of an autopsy report, you must be an immediate family member or legal representative. Immediate family is defined as a surviving spouse, child, natural or adoptive parent, any full or half sibling, and any child aged 18 or older. A legal representative, defined as a legal guardian of the deceased or a personal representative of the deceased’s estate that was appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction, may also access these records. All next-of-kin and/or legal representatives have equal access to medical examiner records without preference or priority.
How do I get an autopsy report?
In the State of Utah, copies of the autopsy report are not public record. The Office of the Medical Examiner will provide copies of the autopsy report to the decedent’s next-of-kin or legal representative. The first requested copy of the autopsy report is free of charge to the immediate next-of-kin. Future requests from other family members will require a fee of $35 (make checks payable to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office). Additional records beyond the autopsy/toxicology report will require additional fees.
Autopsy reports may be obtained in person during regular business hours upon providing proof of identification and payment (if necessary – cash or check only). You will be asked to fill out a brief form at that time and a copy of your picture identification will be made.
Requests for reports may be mailed. You will need to enclose a letter of request with an original notarized signature or print out and complete a Records Request Form. Please enclose a check, if necessary, payable to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office.