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The Probate Office maintains death certificates for individuals who lived or died in Oglethorpe County from 1919 to the present. If you are looking for death certificates occurring before 1919, you can check with the State Vital Records office but there is no guarantee that the State office will have one on file. Certified copies of death records may be requested in person or in writing. 

Certified Copy Costs

The cost of certified copies of birth certificates are $20 for the first copy, and $5 for each additional copy obtained on the same visit. 

We accept cash, check, and money order. If obtaining a copy of a birth certificate in person, payment can be made with a debit or credit card with a processing fee, but we are unable to accept debit or credit card payments for requests made by mail.

Release of Death Certificates

Death certificates can only be released to the named individual or family members with the following degrees of relation to the individual and proper identification and/or documentation is required:

  • Parent, guardian or temporary guardian

  • Living legal spouse or next of kin or the legal representative

  • State or Federal Governmental agencies needing a death certificate for official purposes

  • Ex-spouses with a tangible interest and beneficiaries of wills or insurance policies

Written Requests

Please print and complete the Death Certificate Request Form (PDF) and mail the same along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a current copy of your driver's license or other state issued identification, and other documents as may be required above. Written requests should be mailed to:

Oglethorpe County Probate Court
P.O. Box 70
Lexington, GA 30648

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