Death Certificates

Certified copies of the death certificate are necessary for various estate related matters.  At the time of arrangements, you will be able to place an initial order for death certificates through the funeral home staff.  They are obtained from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the locality where the death occurred.  The funeral home will be able to obtain addtional certified copies of the death certificate on your behalf for a period of six months after the death.  After that six month period, the next of kin may obtain certified copies of the death certificate directly from the Registrar of Vital Statistics where the death occurred.  It is recommended that you obtain multiple copies of the death certificate as many agencies require a certified certificate rather that a photocopy.