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How can you view coroner reports for free?

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To view coroner reports, also known as autopsy reports, go to the medical examiner's office website for the specific state, follow the instructions to make the request and ask for a fee waiver. Coroner reports are available to the general public, notes RCFP.org. As of 2015, coroner's reports are not available online.

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While the request for a coroner's report typically requires a fee, the fee may be waived if the report benefits the public and not the commercial interest of the requester, notes MO.gov. States have their own open-records laws, so a requester should confirm with the individual state.

To obtain a coroner's report, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the website
  2. Go to the state or county government website for the location where the person died to determine which department accepts the request. Examples include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

  3. Complete the request
  4. Complete a request, either in writing or online if available, to the appropriate department. Information that may be required includes name, contact information, name of the deceased person and the information needed in the report.

  5. Ask for a fee waiver
  6. Demonstrate that the information in the coroner's report benefits the general public to receive the fee waiver.

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