A coroners report is a short one page document that is released as public information, it lists the cause and manner of death.
Toxicology and Autopsy reports are detailed reports that describe injuries, trauma, diseases, drugs and other substances that were discovered during the autopsy process. This level of detail is only available to the legal Next of Kin or law enforcement or by a Court Subpoena.
These forms will be sent upon request.
Only persons who are legal next of kin or persons with a court order or subpoena may obtain these records. Proof of identity with Photo Identification is required. All that is available to the general public is basic information.
RCCO will automatically fax a BRT, Burial Removal Transfer Permit, to the funeral home when a hospice or nursing home death is reported to our office. BRTs for weekend deaths will be sent as soon as possible Monday morning. The hard copy of the BRT will also be mailed.
If the Richland County Coroner’s Office is going to be the medical certifier, you may designate to the Coroner’s Office on the DHEC WebDeath System.
Our office must receive a copy of the signed death certificate, BRT, and the signed authorization to cremate. You may fax these documents to 803-576-1798. Please include the decedent’s race and a return fax number. You will receive the Cremation Permit by return fax. There is a $20 fee for cremation permits; our office will send an invoice for payment.
Fees for Coroner’s Office:
$20. These are fees charged to funeral homes for cremation permits; our office will send an invoice for payment.
$500. These are fees charged to everyone outside the immediate family (i.e., attorneys and others) for receiving a copy of an autopsy report.
$.50 for the first page, $.15 for every page thereafter. This is the amount charged for any copies made for the general public.