Read below to find out how to get a death certificate.

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:

Moreover, if you need a passport immediately, see 24-hour passport emergency and expedited passport service.

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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