Death Certificates

For death certificate for a death that occurred in Columbia County less than six months ago, please follow the steps outlined below.

For events that occurred more than six months ago or in a different county, order a death certificate through the Oregon Health Authority.

In person:

  • visit Vital Records at the Columbia County Clerk’s office at 230 Strand St., St. Helens, OR 97051 to complete a death certificate order form or complete the form before you arrive
  • you must provide a copy of your current photo ID. See list of valid forms of ID here
  • the application must be signed by the person who is ordering the certificate
  • pay $25 for each copy of the certificate. We accept check or money order, payable to Columbia County Vital Statistics
  • processing times can vary, although in-person requests could yield the certificate the same day.

Through the mail:

  • complete a death certificate order form and mail it to Columbia County Clerk, 230 Strand St., St Helens, OR 97051
  • include a copy of your current photo ID. See list of valid forms of ID here.
  • the application must be signed by the person who is ordering the certificate
  • include a check or money order payable to Columbia County Vital Statistics at the address listed above. Certified copies are $25.00 each.
  • processing times can vary.

Information you should know:

  • By law, only immediate family members or legal representatives may order death certificates for another individual. Learn more here.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and until further notice,  Death Certificates will be issued by appointment only.

Clerk Quick Links
230 Strand St.
Columbia County Courthouse Annex
St. Helens,
OR
97051
Fax: 503-397-7266

Monday - Friday
Open to the public via Phone and Email only.
Recording of Documents
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., by Mail and E-recording only
Passports
Not Accepting at this time
Marriage Licenses
Not Accepting at this time
County Clerk
Elizabeth Huser
Elections
Donald Clack
Debbie Klug