Polk County Medical Examiner

  • What kinds of reports are produced?

    The Polk County Medical Examiner produces three reports: the autopsy report (or external examination report), the report of investigation (ME1), and the toxicology report Although the Medical Examiner signs the death certificate, the document is finalized and distributed through the Iowa State Vital Records Office. Reports can only be issued to the immediate next of kin and authorized government agencies.

    Note that our office will not release any records obtained from outside agencies such as law enforcement and medical caregivers.

  • 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