$70.00 per request as mandated by the King County Council.
If you do not already have a credit account with Public Health – Seattle & King County, contact the Medical Examiner’s office to discuss methods of payment or how to set up a credit account. If you have an account, which is also used for purchasing certified death certificates, King County will invoice your funeral home.
How long does it take to get a disposition authorization approved?
Requests are processed within a 24-hour period on business days (M-F), except holidays. Requests received after 2:30 pm are processed the next business day. If you have not received any information from the Medical Examiner's office within 24 hours of submission, please call the office. Please do not re-email your request as this could potentially cause a double billing.
Possible delays when processing your request
The Medical Examiner's office makes every effort to process and approve all disposition requests as efficiently as possible.
To avoid a delay in processing please ensure the following:
Most important: All sections of the authorization form and death certificate are complete before submission to the Medical Examiner.
- An underlying disease process or etiology is listed in section 34/35 of the death certificate. For example: "pneumonia" is not acceptable and needs further clarification. "Cardiac arrest" and "respiratory failure" are mechanisms of death, not causes of death. An underlying disease process must be listed.
- All non-natural causes of death, including fractures, must be reported to and certified by the Medical Examiner.
- Intracranial hemorrhages must be clarified with the specific bleed site and etiology, or whether the bleed was "spontaneous" and hypertensive.
- Death certificates must meet the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) death certificate guidelines, available at the DOH website.
Reviews with the King County Indigent Remains Program
Applications for indigent requests require approval before the disposition authorization is granted. Indigent applications must be submitted by mail or in person. Please direct indigent application questions to the Indigent Remains Program at 206-731-3232, ext. 5.
How to tell when your request has been approved
The Medical Examiner's office will enter the disposition authorization number into the comments section of the Electronic Death Registration System. This number must be provided to the local registrar of Vital Statistics before the death certificate can be filed.