Before any Estates can be settled, Wills read or assets disbursed, legally binding proof that the holder has passed away must be presented. In order to meet the requirements of most of these controlling agencies, you must be able to provide a certified copy of the final death certificate.
Certified copies of a death certificate are a legal document verified and certified by a state registrar. This documentation allows the state to keep accurate and permanent death records for each state. Certified copies can be obtained through your funeral home via the state registrar. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of the death certificate as each of the specific controlling agencies will require a certified copy of the death certificate- a simple photocopy of will not be acceptable. Currently the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charges a fee of $6.00 a copy if filed within 90 days of the date of death and $9.00 each after 90 days. The certified certificates must be issued by the registrar of the state where the death occurred, whether the decedent resided there or not. Death certificate fees do vary from state to state
United States Veteran's and their spouses are entitled to free certified death certificate copies through the Department of Veteran's Affairs, in honor of their service. As long as you are able to provide proper documentation (DD214) and they parted way with the military in good standing, these copies are free. However, they do take more time to receive (up to 90 days or more) compared to state issued copies which are usually available within one week from the date of death. We typically recommend getting a small number of paid copies to help keep things moving along until the free veteran copies are completed and received.
Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service does not "mark-up" or apply any additional charges to the state regulated cost of these certified copies.