Who is eligible to obtain a death certificate copy?
The spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased. Other persons who have a: documented lawful right or claim, documented medical need or New York State Court Order
If the applicant is not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the decedent, a lawful right or claim must be documented. An example of a lawful right or claim would be a death record needed by the applicant to claim a benefit. Documentation would consist of an official letter from the agency verifying that to process the claim they require from the applicant a copy of the requested death record.
Identification Requirements – application must be submitted with copies of either A or B:
A. One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
- Driver license
- State issued non-driver photo-ID card
- U.S. Military issued photo-ID
B. Two (2) of the following showing the applicant’s name and address:
- Utility or telephone bills
- Letter from a government agency dated within the last six (6) months