* Financial institutions and insurance companies requesting copies of death certificates are required by Georgia law to provide written justification for their requests.
Any person other than immediate family requesting a death certificate must have a direct and tangible interest for the certificate and must be able to demonstrate a valid reason for their request in accordance with Georgia law 31-10-26(a)(1).
You may obtain a death certificate from Chatham County Vital Records in one of these ways:
The Chatham County Vital Records Office is located inside the Chatham County Health Department at 1395 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. The telephone number is (912) 356-2138 or toll free 1-866-667-3236.
For same-day fulfillment of your request, you must arrive at least 30 minutes before the office closes. This applies to lunchtime closures, and end-of-day closures. This will give our staff time to locate the record and create the certified copy.
Office hours are:
*The Chatham County Health Department is closed on the last day of every month for staff training.
Methods of Payment
There is a $25 fee for obtaining a copy of a death record, and $5 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. We accept:
We do not accept checks. A valid picture ID is required to purchase a death record.
For mail-in death certificate requests, please write to us and include the following information:
The fee is $25 for one record, plus $5 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time. For mail-in requests, the fee can be paid as a U.S. Postal Service money order or cashier’s check made payable to Vital Records Office.
Mail the above information and the fee to:
PO Box 14257
Savannah, GA 31416
Vitalchek is a telephone service that can be used for ordering death records. The fee to use Vitalchek is $12.50 plus the $25 certificate fee (a total of $37.50).
If you need the record quickly, you can have your record shipped by Federal Express for an additional $20 fee (for a total of $57.50). Federal Express usually delivers the next business day.
The Vitalchek telephone number is 1-877-400-4439. You can also access Vitalcheck online at vitalchek.com.