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, spouse or individual with legal representation of person on record.
Q: What is the fee for a death certificate?
A: If you’re needing a death certificate in 3-5 days, place your order online for $49.99 plus shipping. 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: 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 (front and back).