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Death Certificate Information (Families)

Where do I get a death certificate?

Official copies of death certificates may be obtained from the funeral home that handled your arrangements, the local health department or the Office of Vital Records in Salt Lake City.  A listing of local health departments can be found here.

How long until I can get a death certificate?

A death certificate is initiated electronically following our examination. The next of kin will need to provide additional information when they meet with the funeral director to fully complete the death certificate before it is officially filed with the County Health Department/Registrar.  If the cause of death can be determined at the time of examination a final death certificate will be issued immediately.  If additional tests or investigation is necessary, a final death certificate may take up to 8-12 weeks or more before it is issued.  In the interim, a “Pending” death certificate is issued.

What does a pending death certificate mean?

Following the initial examination of the body the cause of death may not be apparent and additional testing (toxicology, microscopy) or investigation (review of police reports or medical records) may be necessary. If this is the case, a death certificate will still be issued but the cause of death will simply be listed as “Pending”.

Following completion of the additional studies an ‘amended’ death certificate will be issued with the final cause of death listed. Official copies of the amended death certificate may be obtained from the funeral home that handled your arrangements, the local health department or the Office of Vital Records in Salt Lake City.  A listing of local health departments can be found here.

 

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