Death Certificate Usage

Why do I need certified copies?

Death Certificates in the State of Florida come in two formats: 1). Long Form (includes the cause of death *read restrictions above) and 2). Short Form (the cause of death is omitted). Each format has specific uses, therefore, it may be important to understand these simple requirements:


Using copies with the cause of death will be required for the following:

1. Annuities

2. Life insurance Policies

3. Pensions

4. Family Retention (meaning that you would like a copy for your personal records).


Using copies without the cause of death will be required for the following:

1. Simple Bank Accounts (Savings and Checking Accounts).

2. Stocks, Bonds and Investments or Brokerage Houses.

3. Property (Vehicles, Leases, Homes or Real Property).

4. Title Transfers.


*Note: Certified copies of the death record are legal documents. If you are working with an attorney or a financial adviser, be certain to consult with them, as they may have insight into investments etc. 


*Death Certificates are issued by the county and all orders will incur the county fee for each certified copy being requested. If a courier charge is required or copies must be mailed to you, scheduled fees can be found on our general price list.


*Be advised that we utilize the information provided by you, to complete the final record. You will be responsible for correction fees, which are done in your error, if such errors are made. Corrections to death records can take up to 14 weeks and will include re-filing fees, mailing fees, notary fee and a charge for each copy ordered.  


*If your loved one was under the custody of the district medical examiners office, a cause of death may not be readily available until their investigation is completed. This can take up to 120 days or as long as the medical examiners case requires. This can not be rushed and restrictions of who may obtain the cause of death are strictly enforced by The State of Florida.


*This template is only a guide, each agency reserves the right to enforce their own policy on which or how death certificates can be utilized. Please check with your insurance agents, banks, attorney, etc... for requirements. Cremation Services By The Sea makes no claims for third parties and their policies. 


To re-order additional copies after the first filing, you can contact our office, or you may use VitalChek Express.

Cremation Services By The Sea

Cremation Services With Filing Death Certificates

As part of our basic cremation services, Cremation Services By The Sea, will transpose your loved one's vital statistics information directly into the State of Florida's Vital Statistics EDRS System. In addition, as part of our direct cremation services we will also notify Social Security.


NOTE:

Cause Of Death on a Death Certificate will Only be issued to the immediate next of kin ( Father, Mother, Sister, Brother or Child of the deceased ..or their representative by affidavit), a directive in a Will (you must supply us the will) or a court order, as stated by Florida State Law.


When Will Death Certificates Be Available? 


Death Certificate processing and certification can take up to 7-14 business days for certified copies to be available at the county level. 


*This process can not be rushed*

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