OK Health Dept. no longer accepting paper death registrations after August 1, 2017

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ROVER System

July 14, 2017

From your Oklahoma Medical Board

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Thank you, Doctors!

Oklahoma’s physicians have emphatically responded to the call! More than 1,900 doctors have enrolled in ROVER so far. Most of the physicians who sign death certificates have now enrolled. Of those doctors who signed a death certificate in 2017, only 21 remain to be enrolled. Some doctors will sign death certificates infrequently and may not have had any yet this year. If you have signed a death certificate in the past three years and are not already signed up, we encourage you to contact the staff and get enrolled. Registration can be provided in person or completed on-line.


After August 1st, 2017, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Vital Records, will no longer accept paper death registrations.  All death registrations must be submitted to the State Registrar via the ROVER electronic registration system. 


This is due to a change in Oklahoma law. In accordance with Oklahoma Statutes [63 O.S. § 1-317(a)]:

“No later than July 1, 2017, physicians licensed in this state shall be required to sign and file death certificates using the prescribed electronic system.” Also according to Oklahoma Statutes, a death certificate, “… shall be filed with the State Department of Health within three days after such death”.


Physicians who still need to register to use ROVER may call the ROVER Helpdesk at (405) 271-5380, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, or email AskRover@health.ok.gov any time.