Death Certificate Information

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A death certificate is the official documentation to prove that there has been a death. Your funeral director will prepare and file the death certificate with the county clerk and will obtain certified copies for your family. In order to settle your loved one’s claims, certified copies of the death certificate will be required as proof of death.

As a general rule, any time funds are being dispersed you will need to submit a certified copy. Insurance companies, social security administration, investment companies, and banks will all usually require certified copies. Credit card, mortgage, and utility companies will usually accept a copy of the certified death certificate.

The number of certified copies you need depends on the number of investments and accounts that were in your loved one’s name. Most families request between 5 and 10.

Your Funeral Director Will Collect the Following Information to Prepare the Death Certificate:

  • Full Legal Name (first, middle, maiden, last)
  • Home Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth (city, state)
  • Highest Level of Education Attained
  • Marital Status
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Occupation
  • Father’s Full Name
  • Mother’s Full Name