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Cremation Authorization

  1. The Shelby County Coroner's Office issues authorization to cremate electronically due to the efficiency for maintaining lasting digital records, statistics, ease of access and short wait times, compared to other means. Authorizations are only for deaths which occurred inside Shelby County, AL and or the injury that occurred leading to death also occurred in Shelby County, AL.

  2. Complete our electronic form on this page and submit. Pay careful attention that you enter your email correctly because this is an automated process and we will email confirmation exactly to the address as entered. Make sure we don't end up in your spam folder! Also remember that this does not waive the 24 hour wait period before cremation can occur, from the time of death or any other Alabama legal requirements.

  3. If you have not received an email within 30 minutes, please check your spam folder, re-submit the form or call us. 90% of not receiving the authorizations are due to typos when entering your email address. All submissions are delivered to the coroner's office email to ensure real time review when you submit. This allows for fast processing to ensure there was a coroner/ME/or physician to certify the death and there is no known suspicion to halt cremation at this time for said person, in accordance under Alabama law.

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