Obtain multiple copies of the Death Certificate

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Every death in the United States must be officially documented in paperwork known as a death certificate.

Not only is it legally required, but you'll need "certified copies" and "unofficial copies" of the death certificate to manage a variety of tasks.

You may purchase copies directly from the state, or the contracted funeral home or cremation service may do this for you and charge you as part of their service fees.

Guides_Icon.svgRead More If you have not yet purchased copies, and need more information about how to order them, review the task "Request multiple copies of the Death Certificate."

Exclamation_Icon.svgImportant States will only issue certified copies to the surviving family and/or the executor of the estate. Some state laws also only allow funeral directors to request death certificates.

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