Death Certificate

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A death certificate is a vital record that is issued upon an individual’s death. Death certificates state the location and date of the person’s death and the cause of death.

When a loved one passes away, you will likely need copies of their death certificate in order to settle their affairs. For example, you may need a certified death certificate copy to:

  • Claim life insurance or pension benefits
  • File for Social Security benefits
  • Arrange a funeral service
  • Execute their will 
  • Settle any outstanding debts
  • Cancel their contracts and services

What information is on a death certificate?

While it varies by state and county, death certificates typically contain the deceased individual’s

  • Full, legal name
  • Parents’ names
  • Spouse, siblings, and children’s names, when applicable
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Marriage information, if applicable
  • Occupation
  • Military service
  • Time, date, and location of death
  • Cause of death

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