Cremation Permits

Updated: 4/8/2015 01:28:18 PM


By law, all bodies to be cremated must be reported to the Medical Examiner’s Office. No cremation may be carried out, by law, until at least 48 hours have elapsed after the pronounced time of death. All cremations require a signed cremation permit from the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office (WCMEO) before proceeding.

Once you have decided to have the decedent’s body cremated, your funeral director will notify the WCMEO of your wishes. A death investigator will respond to the funeral home and perform an external examination of the body, if an examination has not already been performed by the office. Cremation examinations are one of the many functions of the WCMEO and are performed on ALL cremations, whether or not the death falls under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner’s office. Following this examination and review of the signed death certificate, a cremation permit is issued to the funeral home, allowing them to proceed, and a fee for this service (currently $240 is charged to the funeral home for this service).

For funeral directors wishing to request a cremation external examination, a form that may be filled out on line and returned by fax is available here: Cremation View Request