The following information is intended for funeral directors to assist them in working with the Office of the Medical Examiner. For questions, please call the Medical Records Department at 312-997-4425.
Cremation Authorization Permits
Cremation permits are $150 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. Authorization through Illinois Vital Records System (IVRS)
Funeral home/crematory fax accounts are being phased out. Funeral directors are encouraged to use the Medical Examiner's Digital Portal (below) to apply for cremation authorization online. Please call 312-997-4425 for assistance.