How to Get a Death Certificate

A death certificate may be needed to obtain a passport for a child under the age of 18 when one or more parents is deceased. In addition to all of the usual paperwork required, you must present the original death certificate or a certified original document from the Department of Vital Records.

If you are in need of emergency passport services in the event of a life or death emergency, there are several steps you’ll need to follow. A life or death emergency may include serious illnesses and/or injuries or a death in the immediate family.

If you must travel outside of the United States due to one of these life or death emergencies within 72 hours or 3 business days, you must provide all of the usual documentation in addition to proof of your emergency. You must appear in person at a passport agency with all required documentation of the emergency in order to apply for emergency service.

How to Get a Death Certificate Quickly and Safely

If a death certificate is required, you must submit the original document that contains a raised and/or stamped seal from the Department of Vital Records. The document must be a certified original in order to expedite your passport.

If you did not receive an original death certificate from the funeral home or mortuary at the time of death, the simplest and most efficient way to obtain a certified original document is to request a copy from the Department of Vital Records. This can be done quickly and safely online with VitalChek, the leading source for government certified vital records in the United States. Fast, simple and safe, VitalChek is the easiest way to get important vital records if you’re short on time or live out of state.

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