Frequently Asked Questions

How many death certificates do I need?

The number of death certificates each individual needs varies. We recommend 3 certified copies for the average person. Death certificates may be required for:

    • Life insurance policy claims
    • Real estate transactions
    • Transfer of vehicle or boat titles
    • Cashing or transferring individual stocks or bonds
    • Oil & mineral rights leases
    • Closing bank accounts in the deceased’s name
    • Certificates of Deposit or IRAs
    • Probating the Last Will and Testament
    • Purchases or loans with credit life insurance
    • Closing credit card accounts
    • Pre-arranged funeral merchandise contracts
    • Pre-arranged cemetery service contacts
    • Social Security & SSI Benefits
    • Pension & retirement plans
    • Claiming city, state, or federal employee death/survivor benefits
    • Genealogical purposes