Death Certificates




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As legal proof of death, all or some companies and institutions involved with survivor benefits require a certified death certificate.  Making copies of the certified death certificate is ILLEGAL.  It must also be presented to change a title of ownership from the deceased’s name to that of the survivor.  The funeral home will order the number of certificates at the time of death and they will be mailed directly to you from our local registrar. Arrival time is about a week. If you need additional copies, please contact us at any time so either we can order more for you or get you the website or proper forms to order them yourself.  Currently the wait time on ordering additional certificates is 6-9 weeks. The only method of obtaining additional certificates is through PA Vital Records via mail or online. You CANNOT go to your local courthouse to obtain them. For deaths that have occurred in other states, please contact us for proper instructions on ordering. 

Those who may require certified copies of death:

  • Life Insurance Companies
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Employer Pension Benefits
  • Title & Tag
  • Banks & Savings Institutions
  • Attorney
  • Utility Companies
  • Investment Holding Companies
  • Travel Agency/Airlines
  • The State Treasury Department
  • Real Estate Transfer Agent
  • Veterans Administration
  • Mineral Rights Lease Companies