When a person dies, the local Vital Records Department must be notified within a few days – three to ten days depending on the state.
Usually, the family of a deceased person registers the death at a local vital records office. However, the responsibility of notifying the officials can be shared by a funeral or cremation company or any other person that takes care of handling these matters.
The Death Certificate lists important personal data about the deceased person so make sure to collect everything before notifying the authorities:
- name and address;
- date and place of birth;
- father’s and mother’s dates and places of birth;
- Social Security Number;
- marital status;
- time, date and place of death;
- cause of the death (this will vary depending on the state. For example, New York State requires the cause of death only if it was suicide, homicide, accidental or absentia. Other cases are considered natural).
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