A death certificate is an official, government-issued document that declares the date and time, location, and cause of death, as well as other personal information about the person who died. Legally, a death certificate must be issued when a death occurs, and will be necessary as you make funeral arrangements and take care of personal business on behalf of the person who died. Many people find that ten copies of the death certificate are sufficient for completing necessary paperwork and other tasks.
There are three ways you can obtain certified copies of a death certificate:
1. The funeral home you’re working with can get certified copies on your behalf
2. You can order certified copies from a third-party company
3. You can order the copies yourself from the state in which the person died
If you want to request copies of the death certificate yourself, you need to contact the state or local health department in the state or county where the person died and request certified copies directly. We’ve put together a list of the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in your state, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out. Click your state’s link below for all the information you’ll need to order a death certificate.