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Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)

We are pleased to announce the Electronic Death Registration System was implemented on April 21, 2014, with enrollment ongoing.

Funeral Directors, Medical Certifiers (DO, MD, PA, ARNP), Medical Examiners who complete death certification registration are now required by state law to use the new system for all deaths occurring on or after April 21, 2014. The new system makes the filing of a death certificate more efficient and reduces errors in the process. Death certificates must be completed promptly and accurately because these legal documents are used for administrative and public health purposes, as well as by the family to resolve estate issues and obtain insurance benefits.

Death records are universally recognized as the primary source of death information, but registration processes have been labor intensive. The new electronic system totally replaced the manual paper process, including eliminating the personal delivery of records to physicians for completion and signature, extensive and costly travel by funeral directors to file certifications and labor-intensive processing of paper records at the county recorder's office and by the Bureau of Health Statistics.

If you have questions please contact the IVES Help Desk at 866-309-0831

Important system update required by 10/23/14

Do I need to enroll?

  • Funeral Directors, Medical Certifiers (DO, MD, PA, ARNP), Medical Examiners, and state and local registrars are all required to use the system for deaths, and are required to enroll; Staff at your location may also enroll.

How do I enroll?



Advisory Committee History

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) worked with an Advisory Committee to provide input surrounding the business flow and practices needed for an Electronic Death Registration (EDR) for the State of Iowa. All necessary documentation, meeting agendas, demonstrations and presentations as a result of this advisory committee are posted below.

EDRS Project Scope  Adobe Acrobat Logo

EDRS Advisory Group Invitee's  Adobe Acrobat Logo

Meeting Agendas, Demonstrations and Presentations

Process Flow Diagrams

EDRS Participation Maps