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Indigent Cremation Service

The purpose of the Indigent Cremation Service (ICS) is to provide final disposition in accordance with the law for those persons who have no family or cannot afford private funeral arrangements.  In order to qualify for this program, the following criteria must be met:

  • The death must have occurred within Miami-Dade County, even though the decedent may not have been a county resident.
  • The Decedent's family income should not exceed the current federal guidelines prescribed for the family's household size by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (
  • The decedent's family shall mean a "legally authorized person" as defined by Florida Statue 497.005(39).
  • Once the decedent has been transferred to the funeral home, the county indigent cremation service cannot intervene.

The ICS will be charging fees for its services.  Proof of payment of fees must be provided prior to the collection of the cremains.
Current fees include:

Fee Description Cost
Families providing proof of receiving current government assistance under  Food Stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and/or Supplemental Security Income $ 110.00
Families unable to provide proof of receiving current government assistance will be charged a fee equivalent to the cremation cost incurred by Miami-Dade County. $ 400.00
A storage fee for non-medical examiner cases will be charged to families choosing to make private arrangements after a body has been transported and stored at the ME facility $ 330.00
Domestic shipping fee $ 85.00
ICS – Administrative fee $ 55.00


The ICS can meet only basic needs and thus cannot provide embalming, viewing or memorial services.  Additionally, the ICS may require eight or more weeks to completely process a case.  Families are strongly encouraged to seek alternative means of final disposition.  The file below provides a list of local funeral homes and direct disposers that offer low options:

Low Cost Alternatives 

ICS Pre-approvals

Regular business hours for the ICS are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  To assist caregivers (hospices, nursing homes, adult living facilities) with dispositions that may arise during non-business hours, pre-approvals can be made with our office.  See the Pre-approval form available on the menu on this page and the fee for this service below.  The ICS Coordinator, Sandra Witty-Fortunato, can be reached by calling 305-545-2422 or by e-mail at

Body Donation

 Families or individuals interested in the process of donating a body to medical science should contact the Florida Anatomical Board

County Cemetery

Miami-Dade County maintains a public cemetery at SW 60th Street and 87th Avenue.

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