Death Certificate Information

Who is eligible to obtain a death certificate copy?

  • The spouse, parent or child of the deceased
  • Other persons who have a:
    • Documented lawful right or claim
    • Documented medical need

What is a lawful right or claim?

If the applicant is not the spouse, parent or child of the decedent, a lawful right or claim must be documented. An example of a lawful right or claim would be a death record needed by the applicant to claim a benefit. Documentation would consist of an official letter from the agency verifying that to process the claim they require from the applicant a copy of the requested death record.

Identification Requirements

Application must be submitted with copies of either A or B:

  1. One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
    1. Driver license
    2. Non-Driver Photo-ID Card
    3. Passport
    4. Employment  Photo ID
  2. Two (2) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
    1. Utility or telephone bills
    2. Letter from a government agency dated within the last six (6) months

What is the fee for a death certificate copy?

  • The fee is $10.00 per death certificate copy (we accept personal checks or money orders made payable to Vital Records)

Where do I mail the request?

Vital Records
Memorial City Hall
24 South Street
Auburn, NY  13021