///Death Certificates Frequently Asked Questions

Death Certificates Frequently Asked Questions

Topics

  • General Information
  • Online Ordering
  • Ordering in Person
  • Ordering by Mail
  • Changes to a Death Certificate

General Information

Death certificates may only be released to a qualified applicant.

A qualified applicant is:

    • A direct family member by blood or marriage
    • Someone with a legal relationship, to the person named on the certificate
    • Requirement imposed by law or otherwise to facilitate legal process

*Legal relationship is defined as:

    • Attorney or legal counsel to the person of record: A copy of the court order or letterhead referencing case number and purpose is required.
    • Public Administrator or Court Ordered Guardian to the person of record: A copy of the court order is required.
How soon after someone has passed away can I order a death certificate?2018-08-30T09:50:17+00:00

You can order a death certificate online or by mail immediately following the death. However, your order will not be processed until the death is registered.

If you plan to pick up the death certificate from the health district in person, call (702) 759-1010 to verify the status of the record.

If I’m not entitled to, or don’t want a copy of a death certificate, how do I find out if a relative/friend has passed away?2018-08-30T09:50:45+00:00

To find out if a death has been registered in Clark County, call (702) 759-1010. A Search of Records costs $10 per name, whether a record is found or not.

Why didn’t I have the option to pay for my online death certificate order?2018-08-30T09:51:32+00:00

Payment is requested once we have confirmed you are a qualified applicant and that the death certificate is registered with the State of Nevada.

To ensure you receive payment instruction emails add SNHD to your contacts or check “spam” folders frequently

What happens if I order a death certificate online and the certificate is not yet registered?2018-08-30T09:51:59+00:00

Your order will be held until the certificate is registered. If you have not received the certificate within 10 days of placing your order, call (702) 759-1010 to check on the status.

What type of identification do you require to order a death certificate online?2018-08-30T09:53:03+00:00

You must upload a clear copy of valid photo identification with the online application. Valid photo identification includes:

    • Driver’s License
    • U.S. Passport
    • Current US Military ID

If you do not have or cannot upload valid photo identification with your online application, you may order a death certificate in person or by mail instead.

If I order a death certificate online, can I use someone else’s credit card?2018-08-30T09:53:43+00:00

Yes. However you will need to provide identification for yourself. Payment for the online order is not requested until we have confirmed that we have the death certificate and that the requestor is a qualified applicant.

Do you have overnight service?2018-08-30T09:54:14+00:00

No, the health district does not offer overnight service.

I don’t know the answer to all the questions on the online application. What do I do?2018-08-30T09:54:42+00:00

All fields must be answered to submit the online application. If you cannot complete the form, you may apply for the death certificate in person. I ordered a death certificate online.

When can I expect to receive it in the mail?2018-08-30T09:55:15+00:00

Death certificates are usually processed within two business days of receiving your order. Once the order is processed you will receive an email requesting payment.

Once payment is received the death certificate will be printed and sent to you via standard mail. If you have not received the certificate within 10 days of paying for your order, call (702) 759-1010 to check on the status.

What type of identification do you require to order a birth certificate in person?2018-08-30T09:55:46+00:00

A person must show valid identification, ex: Driver’s License, Passport, State Issued ID or Military ID or be able to provide some proof of who they are. If you have questions regarding acceptable identification, call (702) 759-1010.

What methods of payments are accepted when ordering a certificate in person?2018-08-30T09:56:22+00:00

Cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, money order, cashier’s checks, and business checks are accepted. Money orders, cashier’s checks and business checks should be made payable to SNHD. Personal checks are not accepted.

If I request a death certificate in person, can I get the certificate the same day?2018-08-30T09:56:53+00:00

Yes, as long as you are a qualified applicant (see above) and the death certificate has been registered.

What happens if I order a death certificate by mail, and the certificate is not yet registered?2018-08-30T09:57:22+00:00

Your order will be held until the certificate is registered. If you have not received the certificate within 10 days of placing your order, call (702) 759-1010 to check on the status.

What methods of payments are accepted when ordering a certificate by mail?2018-08-30T09:58:03+00:00

We only accept money orders for applications received by mail. Money orders should be payable to SNHD.

Personal checks, cash and credit cards are not accepted for mail orders.

What type of identification do you require to order a death certificate by mail?2018-08-30T09:58:59+00:00

You must submit a clear copy of valid photo identification with the application. Valid photo identification includes:

  • Driver’s License
  • U.S. Passport
  • Current US Military ID

If you do not have or cannot provide valid photo identification with your application, you may order a death certificate in person instead.

How do I get an error fixed on a death certificate?2019-05-14T08:38:43+00:00

The Nevada State Health Division’s Office of Vital Statistics is tasked with processing all changes to death certificates.

Download an Affidavit for Correction of a Record PDF to amend or correct information on a death record. One of the witnesses on the affidavit must be the funeral director, certifier or informant listed on the certificate. Read and comply with the detailed instructions that accompany the form to prevent delays.

Mail the $40 fee and the completed, signed and notarized form to the Nevada State Office of Vital Records, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104, Carson City, NV 89706. The fee includes a certified copy of the amended certificate.

Contact the Nevada State Health Division’s Office of Vital Statistics at (775) 684-4242 for more information.

Contact Information

Phone:
(702) 759-1010

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