Read below to find out how to get a death certificate.
To begin with, you may need a death certificate to obtain a passport for a child under 18 years old when one or more parents is deceased. The U.S. Department of State will ask for the original death certificate or a certified original document. Notably, it will come from the Department of Vital Records.
On the other hand, if you need an emergency passport service in the event of a life or death emergency (i.e., serious illnesses and/or injuries or a death in the immediate family), there are several steps you will need to follow.
In short, if you must travel outside of the United States within 72 hours (or 3 business days) due to a life or death emergency:
- Appear in person at a regional passport agency
- Submit documentation to prove your emergency
- Complete all other required steps of the passport application process
How to Get a Death Certificate Quickly & Safely
If a death certificate is required, then you have to submit the original document (i.e., certified original copy).
Also, it must have a raised/stamped seal from the Department of Vital Records.
Request Vital Records Online
You can request your vital records online anytime.
In the event you did not receive an original death certificate from the funeral home or mortuary, you may request one from the Department of Vital Records.
Furthermore, you may complete this process quickly and safely online with VitalChek, the leading source for U.S. government-certified vital records. To emphasize, VitalChek is the fastest, safest and easiest way to get vital records if you’re short on time or live out of state.
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