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Death certificate forms are documents which are intended to be fulfilled and submitted by an individual who aims to obtain a death certificate of a deceased person. There are various reasons why a death certificate is vital to be acquired and kept, specifically for documentation purposes. However, aside from documenting the death of a person, the certificate also serves as a requirement for receiving various benefits as well as for determining family history or a family line-up. Nevertheless, before being able to acquire the certificate, the requestor must first file the right type of form and provide ample documentation or proof of his claims and relationship with the deceased person.

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Varieties of Death Certificate Forms

The varieties of death certificate forms differ on what the main intent of the requestor or the user is and what procedure will be executed by the authorized organization or institute to supply and meet the needs of the form user. Below are some of the common varieties of death certificate forms which can be used for acquiring and requesting an up to date death certificate:

Death Certificate Amended Form – If the death certificate information of a deceased person had mistakes or errors, then this variety of form must be used. A death certificate amended form is essential for informing the authority or an organization that there are new details or information which should be updated to the certificate and the records of the deceased person. The form contains five sections. The first section is where the user will be disclosing the date of the registrant or the decedent’s death, the name of the decedent, and the type of information which are not yet recorded or acquired. The second section of the form is for detailing the decedent’s cause of death which should have the type of injury resulting in his death, the time and date of when the injury was obtained, and the description of the injury. In the third section of the form, the medical procedure and the method of care which was provided to the decedent before his death will be defined along with the indications of whether an autopsy was performed after the death and if it was a natural death or not. Further details about the decedent’s cause of death will be catered in the fourth section of the form such as the chain of events leading to the death of the decedent, the interval of the onset of events, and other possible medical conditions which contributed to the decedent’s death. Lastly, the fifth section of the form collects the signatures of the user and the coroner. Along with their signatures would be the date of when the form was completed and their contact numbers.

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Death Certificate Application Form – This variety of form is significantly for applying to obtain a death certificate of a deceased person. There are seven sections in a death certificate application form. In the form’s first section, the particulars of the applicant are collected ranging from his name up to his address. Then, the applicant’s relationship to the deceased person will be identified in the second section of the form which is followed by the purpose of why the certificate is requested on the third section of the form. The details of the deceased person will be stated in the fourth section of the form which should have his full name, occupation, date of death, place of death, and address. In the fifth section of the form, the applicant will be able to state how many copies of the death certificate he aims to acquire as well as the type of certificate whether it is in a standard format or in another available format offered by the producing organization or registrar. The amount enclosed by the applicant as a payment for the certificate will be indicated in the sixth section of the form while the applicant’s signature should be affixed on the seventh section of the form.

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Death Certificate Request Form – Compared to the aforementioned forms, this variety has a simpler format and layout which only contains a set of rows and columns to be filled out by the requestor or the informant of the deceased. However, even if the form is simpler, it still gathers all the essentials and the particulars of the deceased person who will be the subject of the certificate to be sent to the informant. It lays out the name of the deceased, the deceased’ gender, profession, marital status and number of marriages, parent information, the name of minister and religion where the deceased was a member, as well as the location of where the deceased was buried or cremated.

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Essential Sections of a Death Certificate Information Form

A death certificate information form is specifically used by funeral services providers whose aim are to gather sufficient details of the deceased person who will be sent to them for their services. The form is one of the documents which should be filled out and submitted by the relative of the deceased person along with the deceased person’s other affiliated legal forms. In order to complete the information form, the informant who is the user of the form must ensure to read as well as fill out some essential sections, and these are enlisted below:

  • Service provider information – The section must be located at the topmost portion of the form to serve as the header. It should have the name of the funeral service provider along with their contact details and office address. The names of the managing funeral directors can also be included in this section to allow the user of the form know who they can tap into or reach out if they have any concerns and issues in relation to the services that they received from the funeral service staff.
  • Decedent information – This is the section where the informant or the user of the form will be disclosing the general information of the deceased person. The first, middle, and last names of the deceased person along with his date of birth, marital status, as well as his social security number and residential addresses are some of the details to be stated in this section. In addition, the decedent’s or the deceased person’s completed education, occupation, and the kind of business that he formerly managed as he lived can also be stated depending on what the service providers will be requiring from the informant or user of the form.
  • Spousal information – Regardless if the spouse of the decedent is alive or have passed away, the details of his spouse are still needed to be indicated in the form such as the full legal name of his spouse, the spouse’s last name at birth, and whether the decedent had children and has a pacemaker. All of the data to be stated in this section of the form can be used by the funeral service provider for their client and business surveys with the permission of the informant.
  • Birth and death places – The city, state, and country where the decedent was born and where the decedent died are the data to be disclosed in this section of the form. The date of the decedent’s date is also needed to be included as well.
  • War veteran information – This section is an optional section to be filled out by an informant if the deceased person or the decedent was a war veteran. The information to be stated in this section includes the date and place of when the decedent was enlisted and was discharged from the military. The rank, service number, and branch of service of the decedent should also be stated by the informant for further details about the decedent’s military journey. However, the stated information in this section should be accompanied by a document which will prove the claim of the informant about the decedent such as a DD4 form.
  • Deceased parents’ information – This parent information section will collect the names of the decedent’s father and mother along with their state and country of birth, and whether the parent is still living or not.
  • Informant information – Most informants are the decedent’s next-of-kin, however, there are also informants who are not related to the decedent such as a friend or a member of an organization who has taken care of the decedent prior to his death. This is why it is important to determine who the informant is by incorporating an informant information section wherein the informant will be able to disclose his full name, the relationship that he had with the decedent, his address, and contact information.

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In addition to the aforementioned sections, a box which will be allotted for special notes and instructions of the informant can be included in the form. This section will allow the funeral service provider in knowing what the informant wants for the burial of the decedent. Nevertheless, talking to the informant directly will also aid in gathering more details about the informant’s needs and wants effectively.

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