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Importance of Death Certificates

Death certificates are critical documents for legal and logistical purposes, serving as an official record of the event. After a loved one has passed, it must be officially logged in state and federal records and verified via a US death certificate. You may need this official documentation to receive pension or life insurance payouts, plan a funeral or cremation, settle their estate, and more, to serve as legal proof of the individual’s passing.

The Purpose of Death Certificates

Proof of Death

A certified death certificate is needed to inform appropriate agencies that your loved one has passed. Some important entities to inform may include: The Social Security Administration, The Internal Revenue Service, The Department of Veterans Affairs, your loved one’s financial institutions and insurance providers, and websites where your loved one had active social media accounts.

Financial Management

If you’re the executor of a deceased person’s will, or the will authorizes you to help the executor perform their duties, you’ll need a certified death certificate and a photo ID to prove that you’re allowed to tend to their affairs after they die. For example, a certified death certificate allows you to transfer or sell a vehicle title, deal with bills, and forward mail to a different address.

Preventing Identity Theft

Since your loved one will no longer be able to protect themselves from identity theft, that responsibility will fall to their next of kin. If you discover potential fraud, you’re much more likely to receive a swift resolution—and hopefully reimbursement for any lost funds—with a death certificate in hand.

Peace of Mind

The death of a loved one is a tragic event, and you may be confronted with a barrage of questions from creditors, public agencies, family members, and friends. A certified death certificate allows you to deflect questions and direct well-meaning interrogators to the death certificate, which should include everything they need to cancel an account, transfer a title, or process a payment.

Proof of Death

A certified death certificate is needed to inform appropriate agencies that your loved one has passed. Some important entities to inform may include: The Social Security Administration, The Internal Revenue Service, The Department of Veterans Affairs, your loved one’s financial institutions and insurance providers, and websites where your loved one had active social media accounts.

Financial Management

If you’re the executor of a deceased person’s will, or the will authorizes you to help the executor perform their duties, you’ll need a certified death certificate and a photo ID to prove that you’re allowed to tend to their affairs after they die. For example, a certified death certificate allows you to transfer or sell a vehicle title, deal with bills, and forward mail to a different address.

Preventing Identity Theft

Since your loved one will no longer be able to protect themselves from identity theft, that responsibility will fall to their next of kin. If you discover potential fraud, you’re much more likely to receive a swift resolution—and hopefully reimbursement for any lost funds—with a death certificate in hand.

Peace of Mind

The death of a loved one is a tragic event, and you may be confronted with a barrage of questions from creditors, public agencies, family members, and friends. A certified death certificate allows you to deflect questions and direct well-meaning interrogators to the death certificate, which should include everything they need to cancel an account, transfer a title, or process a payment.

If you have a vital record that is lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need a new certified copy Getting a certified death certificate is done by a request from the government. File for a death certificate today with GOV+ to ensure you have the necessary documentation for any legal or financial obstacles.

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Fill out a Simple Form Works on any device and takes only minutes.

Take a picture of your ID Do it on your desktop or take a picture from your mobile.

Check your order status View your personal dashboard anytime, from any device.
Once your death certificate application is complete, we’ll send it to the appropriate government agency, monitor progress, and provide you with regular updates. Death certificates are typically delivered within 6 weeks of application. Fast, unlimited support and no waiting in line — Gov+ is ready to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to get a death certificate?

To obtain a copy—or copies—of a death certificate, you’ll likely pay a mandatory government fee of about $5 to $40 dollars, depending on the state.

Who is able to request a certified copy of a death certificate?

It depends on the state. In some states, death certificates are a matter of public record. In many other states, access is restricted to authorized individuals, which can include parents, legal guardians, spouses, siblings, children, and grandchildren, as well as law enforcement agencies, estate representatives, and even relevant research groups.

How do I get a copy of a death certificate?

Death certificate copies are distributed through your County Clerk’s office and must be requested using legal identification. If you’re looking to get a copy hassle-free, use GOV+’s online platform to begin requesting a copy.

Why GOV+

Getting a death certificate for your loved one is easy with GOV+’s smart, cloud-based platform. Combining our patented technology with our stellar customer service team, we’ve perfected the process. We bring the government offices to you—minus the annoying wait times and bureaucracy. So if you need to replace a death record, we're here to help. To get death certificates as quickly as possible, all you have to do is fill out one simple form, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Ultra-quick customer service

Get fast, accurate answers to all of your questions at every step. With average 30 second hold times and efficient conversations, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Real-time status updates

No more waiting and wondering about your form’s status. GOV+ offers instant updates and customizable alerts, from the moment of filing to final outcome.

Tailored Transactions

GOV+ technology eliminates needless busywork with forms and applications that adapt to you. Your situation is unique, and you deserve a simple, personalized experience.

Proof of Death

A certified death certificate is needed to inform appropriate agencies that your loved one has passed. Some important entities to inform may include: The Social Security Administration, The Internal Revenue Service, The Department of Veterans Affairs, your loved one’s financial institutions and insurance providers, and websites where your loved one had active social media accounts.

Financial Management

If you’re the executor of a deceased person’s will, or the will authorizes you to help the executor perform their duties, you’ll need a certified death certificate and a photo ID to prove that you’re allowed to tend to their affairs after they die. For example, a certified death certificate allows you to transfer or sell a vehicle title, deal with bills, and forward mail to a different address.

Preventing Identity Theft

Since your loved one will no longer be able to protect themselves from identity theft, that responsibility will fall to their next of kin. If you discover potential fraud, you’re much more likely to receive a swift resolution—and hopefully reimbursement for any lost funds—with a death certificate in hand.

Peace of Mind

The death of a loved one is a tragic event, and you may be confronted with a barrage of questions from creditors, public agencies, family members, and friends. A certified death certificate allows you to deflect questions and direct well-meaning interrogators to the death certificate, which should include everything they need to cancel an account, transfer a title, or process a payment.

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