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Vital Records

Death Certificates (1867 - present)

Death certificates are a matter of public record. A certified copy of a Death Certificate is available for events that occurred in Kalamazoo County. All copies issued by this office are certified and serve as an original document.

How to Obtain a Certified Death Certificate

Death certificates can currently be requested by mail or drop box, by email, or fax. The certified copy of a death certificate will be mailed to you within 5 business days of the receipt of the request.

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Certification of Documents

The Kalamazoo County Clerk’s Office electronically certifies documents filed with the Clerk pursuant to MCL 565.232. However, certain entities may require a certified copy that contains a traditional raised seal on the document even though an electronic certification is legally permissible under Michigan law. In this event, you will need to provide the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s Office with appropriate written documentation from the entity indicating they refuse to accept an electronically certified copy prior to receiving a raised seal certified document. Furthermore, if you are requesting a certified copy of a Clerk record for purposes of submitting a passport application or for international issues, such as international marriage, adoption or custody issue, you most likely will need a traditional raised seal on the document.

Contact Us

Meredith Place 
Clerk / Register of Deeds
Email

Elizabeth Byrd
Chief Deputy Clerk / Register of Deeds 
Email

Physical Address
201 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Phone: 269-383-8840 (Clerk)
269-383-8970 (Deeds)
Fax: 269-384-8143

vitals@kalcounty.com

Office Hours
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday

Closed on Holidays

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