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Death Certificates

The death certificate is a permanent record that is recorded and filed with the Registrar of Vital Registration in the Town, Village, or City in which the death occurred. It may take up to 30 days before you receive them. Within one year of the date of death, the funeral home is permitted to order certified copies of the death certificate for immediate family members of the deceased. Immediate family members include spouse, maternal or adopted offspring, father, mother, grandparent, grandchild to any degree, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin. All other applicants must apply directly to Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Registration.


You will need copies of the death certificate for many reasons, including handling:

  • Life, Health, Auto, Home Insurance
  • Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
  • Bank Accounts (checking, savings, CD's, IRA's)
  • Will or Trust
  • Federal & State Tax
  • Death Certificates Needed:
  • Real Property and Property Tax
  • Pension Benefits
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Credit Cards
  • Utilities
  • Social Security
  • Veterans Administration


After one year from the date of death, if additional certificates are needed, you may obtain them from Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Registration, P.O. Box 2111, 3221 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016, (602) 506-6805. 


Per the Arizona Department of Health Services, effective 3/4/2009, when the error has been identified as a funeral home error, the funeral home may submit a correction with documentation clearly identifying the error. If the family or other person has made the error, they are to be referred directly to the County Health Department.

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