A death certificate, or certificate of death, is defined as “an official statement, signed by a physician, of the cause, date, and place of a person’s death.”
There are several ways to get a death certificate. Sometimes, the director of the funeral will be in charge of the certificate. In other times, an individual may need to request it themselves if there are circumstances that will not allow the funeral director to handle the certificate.
Death certificates, and other forms of state records, are kept at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cost is $18.00 and if an additional copy is needed at the same time, those copies are $10.00 each.
Office of Vital Records and Statistics
Utah Department of Health
288 North 1460 West
P.O. Box 141012
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012
The state of Utah requires the purchaser to provide identification when requesting a death certificate. The CDC suggests mailing an enlarged photocopy of both the front and back of the purchaser’s identification card.
Parents, legal guardians, great-grandparents, grandparents, siblings, adult children, attorneys, or other individual with written permission may access an individual’s death records. It is advised to contact legal counsel for questions regarding the best way to do this in person, as every state is different.
Online orders of death certificates are placed via VitalChek, an official, government authorized business that has been serving citizens for over 25 years. It is important to use an official government agency, as other online services might not be as secure or valid. Also, an individual can order the death certificate online at any time or day.
Over the Phone
Orders over the phone are done through Vital Records. The phone number to contact is (866) 632-2602. Purchasers need to have a credit card ready to place the order over the phone. Vital Records’ business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. UTC Mountain Time Zone.
It’s always best to consult a professional attorney regarding procurement of death certificates, or any type of official document, to make sure your purpose for needing such a document is handled in the best way. Attorney Rex B Bushman is available to take your call and answer any and all questions you may have.