Death Certificates FAQs

Here are some common questions that you may have about ordering a death certificate.

Q: What information is included on the Death Certificate?

A: Many important pieces of information are included on a death certificate including the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and location of death
  • Age of the deceased
  • Gender, race, and marital status of the deceased
  • Hospital name or institution in which they died
  • Cause of death
  • Address of the deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Name of the deceased person’s parents
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Date and place of burial

Q: Who can request a certified copy of a death certificate?

A: For deaths within the past 25 years, only the immediate family members to the person whose name is on the  death certificate are eligible to request a copy. All others who are not immediate family members to this person must provide legal documentation, such as a court order establishing guardianship.

Q: Who is considered an immediate family member?

A:   The following relationships by blood or marriage are considered to be immediate family members: self, child, parent, sister, brother, grandparent, and spouse.

Q: What is the fee for a death certificate?

A: If you’re needing a death certificate in 24 hours, place your order online for $49.99. When you order the record directly from the state by regular mail, you will pay only $20 but will have to wait for 4-6 weeks before receiving it.

Q: How long will the certificate take to come in?

A:   Depends on your location, however all death certificates are processed in 24 hours and UPS delivery is available. If purchasing directly from the state by regular mail it will take 4-6 weeks for arrival.

Q: What is a valid form of identification?

A: To order your death certificate, you will need to provide one of the following: State-issued driver’s license, state/city/county ID card, student ID, government employment badge or card, prison ID, or a military ID.

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