Death Certificates Online

Can I Get a Death Certificate Online for Free?

Dealing with the death of a family member is hard enough. The last thing you want to be thinking about is all the tasks that need to be taken care of in the absence your deceased loved one. Death certificates are vital documents required for funeral arrangements, estate settlements, medical benefits, and so much more. You’re probably wondering how many copies you’ll need and where to get them. Read on to find out how to order a death certificate online.

What is a death certificate?

A death certificate is an official, government-issued document which states the cause of death, location of death, time of death, as well as additional personal information about the deceased. As we mentioned earlier, there are several reasons why someone would need a copy of a death certificate. Most often it’s to serve as proof for legal purposes.

The history of death records

Death records have been stored away by most states since the early 1900s. A few states, such as Massachusetts, have been storing death records as early as the 1600s. These days, it is required by federal law for all states to keep death records just be aware that the information included in the record can vary.

What information can be found on a death certificate? 

A death certificate contains important information about the deceased. What’s included on the death certificate varies from state to state, but often includes the following:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Date of birth and birthplace
  • Father’s name and birthplace
  • Mother’s name and birthplace
  • Complete or partial Social Security number
  • Veteran’s discharge or claim number
  • Education
  • Marital status and name of surviving spouse (if applicable)
  • Date, place, and time of death
  • Cause of death

Understanding death certificates and death indexes

An official death certificate is usually issued at the time of a person’s death and includes detailed information about the deceased, such as personal information and details of the death. An official death certificate is a stamped document that is normally issued by the funeral home, vital record agencies or government approved online agency such as VitalChek. A death index, also known as Social Security Death Index (SSDI), is a database of records that contains all deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. A death index is more easily accessible as it does not contain personal details of the deceased. Most SSDIs can be found through genealogy websites such as Ancestory.com.

Can I get a death certificate online for free? 

Obtaining a copy of a death certificate online is possible. There are several services such as SearchQuarry that will provide you with death records online. However, a majority of those copies are not official vital records. If you need a copy of a death certificate for reasons such as settlements or benefits, then you must obtain a certified copy. Depending on the state in which the death took place, the process for obtaining an official death certificate can be slightly different. For a list by state, click here. Going directly to a vital record agency is the most convenient and fastest way to obtaining certified copies of death records, as most agencies will provide you with the records the same day. However, if for any reason you are unable to get to an agency, VitalChek is an authorized online service that is able to help get the vital records you need, quickly and securely. 

11 Comments

  1. I am trying to get a death certificate from New York.Please help me .I live in U.K.

    1. Hello Edna. You can order a death certificate online from VitalChek. Please click here to visit our website for more information.

  2. I have just tried to order a Death cert for an out of state death. I was given this as the only way to get this vital record
    from Colorado. None of the instructions of process matches up with the VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND person on this
    VitalCheck site. Also I have to give my credit card info before anyone can convince me that they have this record.

    What the Hell Colorado?????

    1. Hello. If you need assistance with an order, please contact us. The quickest way to reach us is by private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also call 800-255-2414 or email vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  3. LIKE FACEBOOK YOU CAN NOT PROCURE THE SECURITY YOU CLAIM WITH THE PROCESS YOU USE. I WILL TAKE THE ADVICE OF THE MILLENNIAL TECHS IN MY FAMILY AND NOT MAKE AVAILABLE SUCH VULNERABLE INFORMATION TO A COMPANY THAT HAS NO REGARD TO ESTABLISH THEIR CREDENTIALS WITH ME..THIS IS A FORM OF RANSOMING THE VITAL RECORDS OF STATES WHO FAILED TO KEEP THEIR CITIZEN’S HISTORY.

    IF MY EXPERIENCE IS THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF SECURITY, THIS SITE SHOULD NOT HOLD ANY VITAL RECORDS.

    I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SITE TILL IT CAN PROVE SOME MEASURE OF THE SECURITY FOR THE REQUIREMENT OF MY MONEY, MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO GO WITH ALL MY FAMILY’S VITAL RECORDS. ALL BEFORE THIS COMPANY ESTABLISHES THEY CARE TO GIVE ME ANY ASSURANCE THEY ARE NOT JUST USING MY HISTORY FOR PROFIT, BECAUSE WHAT IS CLEAR IS FOR PROFIT LIKE THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN RECORD KEEPING.

    IN THIS AGE OF ID THEFT, WHAT MEASURE OF SECURITY HAVE ALL THE PARTICIPATING STATES BEEN GIVEN BY THIS VITAL CHEK FOR-PROFIT COMPANY?

    WHAT MY FAMILY MADE CLEAR IS THIS TYPE OF “FOR-PROFIT” DATA BASE COMPANY IS A PRIME HACKER’S TARGET FOR THEIR VULNERABILITIES, AND IF ANY ORGANIZATION IS REQUIRING THIS AS YOUR ONLY OPTION- DON’T DO IT!

    1. All consumer data collected through VitalChek’s ordering services is used to process and fulfill requested order and/or payment transactions. VitalChek does not hold any vital records, but provides a more convenient method to order these records from the government agencies that issue them. We take security very seriously and do not share, sell, rent or trade your personal information with third parties for their promotional purposes. Please click here to read our full privacy policy.

  4. They need to have it too where the deceased person’s kids can get a free death certificate of there parent that’s ridiculous no.one should even pay for that.

  5. Im just trying to see a death certificate can i just see it on line. Can i see the cause of death of a family memeber for free on line?

    1. Hello Fabiola. To the best of our knowledge, there is no place online that would allow you to view the certificate.

  6. I need to speak to someone because I order a death certificate and they didn’t find it so I want to see if I could get my money back I was $51.45 so please text me back or you could call me vital check Solution customer dot-com

    1. Hello Jose. Please contact us with your order number so we can assist you. The quickest way to reach us is by private message through our Facebook page – Facebook.com/VitalChek. You can also call us at 800-255-2414 or email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

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