Release of decedent

Effective May 1, 2016, Updated Jan 23, 2023, the Lucas County Coroner's Office will require ALL funeral homes to submit a release form signed by the decedent's next of kin before removal from the office. The release may be faxed before pick-up to (419) 213-3949, or brought to the office at the time of transfer. If there is a problem obtaining the signature of a family member, please contact the office at (419) 213-3900.

A new "Request to release body" form is now available to download, fill out and submit. Please use the form provided.


The priority list of who holds the right of disposition is established by sections 2108.70 and 2108.81 of the Ohio Revised Code.