Research the law in the state where the death occurred to determine whether autopsy reports are considered public record. A good place to start is with the medical examiner's office or website.
Contact the medical examiner's office to ascertain what form is required to request a copy of the autopsy report. In most cases, the request will need to be in writing and may need to be made on a county form.
Provide proof of your next-of-kin status if the records are confidential. Even if the records are not considered public records, the next of kin is entitled to a copy of an autopsy report. A marriage certificate or birth certificate along with a copy of a government-issued identification should suffice.
Include any copy or document preparation fees with your request. Most public record request laws allow the office providing the records to charge a fee for copying the records. Fees will vary by jurisdiction so make sure to ask ahead of time.