Certified Death Certificates

How many certified death certificates do I need?

One of the most common questions aCremation is asked by families is how many death certificates they need to order. Below is a list of areas where you may need (or want) a certified death certificate.

Ordering Death Certificates
aCremation places the initial order for death certificates, when possible. Or you can order your own additional copies through the State of Texas.

Important: It is up to the financial institution to determine whether a copy of a death certificate is acceptable or if it must be a certified death certificate. In some cases, you may need to provide additional death certificates if there are multiple accounts. We recommend you check with the institution directly for their requirements.

TX Certified Death Certificate request form.

Sample copy of TX certified death certificate mail-in form.

  • Family member personal records (if desired)
  • Ancestry documentation (if desired)
  • Probating a Will
  • Income Tax filings (IRS)
  • Life insurance policy claim(s)
  • Real estate transactions
  • Other titled assets
  • Stock/bond/brokerage accounts
  • Oil/gas leases
  • Bank accounts (including savings, checking, CDs, IRAs)
  • Purchases with credit life attached
  • Credit card companies
  • Prearranged funeral/cemetery
  • Social Security benefits for minor children
  • Employer’s claims / pension-retirement benefits
  • Other