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How to Get a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate

    • 1). Locate the appropriate contact information for the vital statistics office in the state location of the person's death.You will need the office phone number and the mailing address for submitting requests for certified death certificates. Record the phone number and address for later use.

    • 2). Create a letter request for a certified copy of the needed death certificate. You must be clear on all personal information. Make only one request per letter.

    • 3). Type the full name of the deceased, the date of the request, the date of birth and death, location of death (include city, state, and county), and the deceased individual's gender in the letter. Also include your relationship to the deceased, why the certified copy of the death certificate is needed, your name and current address, your driver's license number and issuing state, and your handwritten signature at the bottom of the letter.

    • 4). Place the letter in an envelope labeled with the mailing address for submitting requests for certified death certificates that was acquired earlier. Make sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the request letter, along with a check or money order.

    • 5). Confirm with the office that you are making the request of that all the information is correct prior to mailing.

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