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Indigent Cremation Services

Indigent Cremation Services provide final disposition for those who can't afford a private funeral. The death must have occurred in Miami-Dade County. The decedent does not have to be a resident to qualify.

Only basic needs can be accommodated and are considered to be a last resort. We do not provide embalming, viewing or memorial services. Once the decedent has been transferred to a funeral home, the County will provide no further assistance.

Families are strongly encouraged to seek other ways to handle final disposition. Here is a list of providers that offer low cost options.

For families wishing to claim the remains, proof of fee payment must be provided.

It may take 8 or more weeks for the Medical Examiner to completely process a case.

  • Fees

    • $400 - Cremation Cost
    • $330 - Storage fee for bodies stored at the Medical Examiner facility
    • $55 - Pre-approval Administrative Review
    • $85 - Domestic Shipping
  • Low-Income Family Fee

    The cremation fee can be lowered to $110 if the family provides proof of receiving current government assistance under Food Stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and/or Supplemental Security Income.

    To qualify, the decedent's family:

  • Pre-approvals

    To help with dispositions that may occur outside of normal business hours, caregivers can apply for pre-approvals.

    Adult care facilities may apply for any patient, client or resident who appears to be a candidate for the Indigent Cremation Service. The removal service will be notified when the forms are approved and they will be able to assist with removals during non-business hours.

    The following paper work is needed for all cases and should be faxed to our office.

    1. ICS Pre-approval Checklist
    2. Adult Decedent Information Form or Infant Decedent Information Form
    3. Authorization for Cremation and Disposition
    4. Facility face sheet (cover page)

    For cases that are not pre-approved, caregivers must contact a funeral home or a removal service for storage arrangements.

Phone Number(s)

  • Fax all forms to:
    305-545-2409305-545-2409
  • For more information, please call Sandra Witty-Fortunato
    305-545-2422305-545-2422

Locations and Hours

  • Medical Examiner Building

    1851 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
    Monday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Medical Examiner
Dr. Emma O. Lew, Chief Medical Examiner

Medical Examiner Building
1851 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
305-545-2400305-545-2400

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