Death Certificate Guide
Death certifiates are used to close accounts and notify organizations about a person’s death. There is a great deal of confusion about how many certified copies you need. We’ve created this page to help you figure out how many you should order and give you an idea of what to expect.
Many people hear from friends, family and even their attorneys that they “will need 10 copies.” This is rarely the case. At one point in history, this was probably good counsel, however most places do not keep the certified death certificate anymore.
If you provided us with a social security number, the Social Security Administration was notified when we filed the death certificate.
The items listed below are guidelines for the original certified death certificates. In most cases, you go to the organization with an original, they take a copy and give you the original back.