Two Types of Certificates: Authorized and Informational
Certified Authorized Copy
A Certified Authorized Copy provides proof of death.
To purchase an Authorized death certificate, you need to be related to the deceased in one of the following ways:
- spouse or domestic partner
- legal guardian
For official business, governmental agencies and legal representatives can request a copy of a death certificate.
When you request a Certified Authorized Copy by mail or online, state your relationship to the person listed on the death certificate and sign that statement with a notary public present.
Certified Informational Copy
A Certified Informational Copy may be used as proof of death. However, please verify with the requesting agency to determine if this kind of copy meets their requirements.
If you don’t have a direct relationship to the person listed on the certificate, you can purchase an informational death certificate.
On a Certified Informational copy, signatures are concealed and the words, “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity” are printed across the face of the certificate.
The request form for this type of certificate does not need to be notarized.