HOW MANY DEATH CERTIFICATES DO YOU NEED?

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How Many Death Certificates Do You Need?

Death Certificates are needed to file taxes, close accounts, and claim benefits. An official death certificate is needed for legal matters while other institutions only require a copy. Death certificates are not free. It usually is cheaper to get multiple copies at one time than individual copies at a later date. I suggest you figure out how many you need and then get 2-3 more copies for future use.

Here is a list of institutions you may need a copy of a death certificate for:

  • Social Security
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Care Insurance
  • Military Benefits
  • Federal Internal Revenue Service
  • State Internal Revenue Service
  • Banks
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Closing Cell Phone account
  • Utility Companies
  • Mortgage Lenders
  • Brokerage Firms
  • Pension Plan Funds
  • Department of Motor Vehicle
  • Post Office
  • Depending on the state, a copy of a death certificate may be required if the surviving spouse remarries.

The 3 Major Credit Bureaus to protect Identity Theft:

  • TransUnion
  • Equifax
  • Experian

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