Information for Funeral Directors

The following information is intended for Funeral Directors to assist them in working with the Office of the Medical Examiner.

Cremation Permits

Cremation permits are $50 each.

There are two types of cremation authorizations:

  1. Hand-written permit
    For Fetal Death Certificates, Hand Signed Death Certificates, and deaths where the disposition is a donation, the Funeral Director must come to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office to obtain a cremation permit.
  2. Authorized through IVRS
    In order for a cremation to be authorized through IVRS, the funeral home/crematory must have a fax account with the Medical Examiner’s Office. Call (312) 997-3025 to inquire about opening an account and requirements for use.

Questions: Call the Medical Records Department at

(312) 997-4425.