Reasons to Order a Death Certificate
A death certificate is a legal document that accurately reports the death of an individual and the surrounding events. It is an official document which contains information including the name of the deceased, the cause of death, the location the death occurred, and the date and time of death. It also contains personal information about the deceased such as his or her age, sex, address, occupation, and more.
Certified copies of this document will be required to begin administering financial and legal affairs on behalf of the deceased.
Why You Should Order Death Certificate Copies
For Burial or Cremation
Most local authorities, cemeteries, and crematories demand a death certificate signed by a local physician or coroner to finish a burial or cremation. The certificate verifies that the disposition of remains is done correctly and that the person being interred or cremated is the one who died.
If you live in Texas, however, you are permitted to bury someone who has died before the doctor signs the death certificate. On the other hand, you are not allowed to cremate anyone who has died until the doctor signs the death certificate.
To Claim Life Insurance
If you’re a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you’ll need a certified copy of the death certificate in order to make a claim. You might also require other vital records to verify your relationship with the deceased, such as a certified copy of your birth certificate or marriage license. This is one of the reasons birth and death records are so important!
By obtaining several copies of the death certificate before you file your claim, you can speed up the life insurance claim processing time.
To Transfer Titles Between Owners
Without a death certificate, it is difficult to transfer the title to the deceased’s house, car, or other property. You will need a death record if you want to claim ownership of the deceased’s property.
For normal ownership transfers, a notarized signature is required. When the present owner is deceased, things get a little more complicated. To complete the transfer, you’ll need a verified copy of the death certificate to show the notary.
For Handling Financial Matters
You’ll need to contact the bank if the deceased had stocks, bonds, or bank accounts. The bank is a great resource for finding out how to move any type of finances that are associated with the deceased. They have processes in place specifically designed around closing accounts or transferring them over to the beneficiaries. To complete these processes, a death certificate is required.
Before you order death certificates, we recommend that you learn as much as possible about the deceased person’s financial status. Financial institutions can assist with obtaining an explanation of the procedures required to terminate bank accounts during bereavement.
You might also need a certified copy of the death certificate to obtain benefits through an employer, claim social security benefits, cancel subscriptions, access social media accounts, research family history, and more.
Order Birth and Death Certificates with TX-DPS
Do you need expedited service for a Texas birth or death certificate? Then you should order online from TX-DPS right away! We can get your order started and processed without the hassle of you having to go to the county clerk’s office in person, stand in long lines, then wait weeks for your certified copies to arrive in the mail.
We use a secure server to process your order with the issuing agency, ensuring the fastest service. Before submission, TX-DPS Records verifies the accuracy of your data with you first through a secure digital portal maintained exclusively for this purpose.
We are committed to the security and integrity of your personal information. We will never share, sell, or distribute any documents you submit for processing.
We get ahead of the line and guarantee that your order is handled promptly and at an affordable cost. Call us at (888) 596-7307 with any questions or place your order for a death certificate here!