Polk County Medical Examiner

  • How soon are reports available?

    The death certificate is available from the funeral home handling the arrangements as soon as the cause and manner of death has been established. The report of investigation (ME1) is a two or more page report that contains the information listed on the death certificate along with information about the circumstances of death. This report, along with the autopsy and toxicology reports, may take up to 12 weeks before being completed. However, every case is unique and it may take longer to complete the necessary reports. Reports are only available to the immediate next of kin. To request reports please contact 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