How Many Death Certificates Are Needed?

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You will need to show an original death certificate, they will make a photocopy, and they should return the original to you.

  • Social Security (Personal Alternative informs Social Security via fax)
  • Bank accounts (Local)
  • Motor Vehicle Licensing
  • Credit Cards (fax them and keep the fax confirmation sheet for your records)
  • Puget Sound Energy (fax them and keep the fax confirmation sheet for your records)
  • Cellular Phone Accounts (fax them and keep the fax confirmation sheet for your records)
  • Filing a will with the local courthouse.

 

You will probably have to give these agencies an original copy of death certificate.

  • 401K (Held by a stockbroker-the stockbroker should be able to handle multiple sales with one death certificate)
  • Any stock certificates held in note form, not held in trust.
  • Retirement Pension - State
  • Retirement Company Pension Plan
  • Military benefits (Free VA copy is issued specifically for VA Benefits)
  • Life Insurance policies (Life insurance policies will require an original and death certificate won't be returned)
  • Some mortgages are life insured.
  • Some vehicle are insured for their payments
  • Out of state property transfer, vehicles, RVs, Houses etc.
  • Closing out of state bank accounts
  • When someone has a rental storage space it is often required to give them an original for their records.
  • Closing a corporation, LLC etc
  • For each child under the age of 18, we recommend having a death certificate for that child, there are many reasons why they will require a death certificate in the future, as an example, universities offer assistance to orphaned children.
  • When forwarding human remains to another country, many consulates require an original for their records.
  • When burying or scattering ashes in some states, an original death certificate is required by the cemetery or scattering service (Washington state does not) As a rule of thumb, anytime you will be getting funds back, you will in most cases require an original death certificate.

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