Polk County Medical Examiner

  • What is required for a cremation?

    The crematory is required to obtain a permit from the County Medical Examiner. If it is not an existing case, one of our investigators will respond to the crematory, examine the decedent, and contact the physician for cause and manner of death. If the physician is not available when called, a delay may occur until our investigators are able to contact them. Once the cause and manner are received, if further investigation is not required a cremation permit will be issued by our office.

  • Contact Us

    To report a death call (515) 286-3333
    1801 Hickman Rd
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    (515) 286-2102 (Days)
    (515) 286-3333 (Other times)
    Fax: (515) 286-2208