What information will I need to provide for the death certificate?
Certified death certificates are legal documents provided by the Clark County Health District. It is extremely important that the information provided for the certificate is accurate. Each state’s requirements for information needed may vary. A death certificate must be completed in the state where the death occurs. It is helpful to bring the following documents to the arrangement conference to verify the information needed to complete the death certificate:
We may ask you to bring in additional information based on services you are requesting. You will be asked to sign and approve the accuracy and completeness of the death certificate information. Any changes or modifications to the death certificate, once filed, will require an affidavit from Carson City, possibly a court order and additional charges. Please note that any errors on death certificates that are based on information provided to the funeral home by the family will be billed to the family.
Why will I need death certificates?
Many companies, institutions and organizations ask for or require a certified death certificate. Please check with each entity to determine if an original is required or if a copy is sufficient. Below is a list of some common needs for certified death certificates:
If the deceased is a veteran, the Health District currently provides one death certificate free of charge. Please be sure to bring in a copy of the military discharge (DD-214).
How long does a request for death certificates take?
When a death occurs, certified death certificates must be prepared, signed by the doctor with an appropriate cause of death, filed and then processed by the Health Department. This process begins after the family completes and finalizes arrangements, including payment, with an arrangement director at the mortuary. In many cases, it can take up to 10 working days from the time the death certificate is filed with the Health Department to obtain certified copies of the death certificate.
Obtaining certified death certificates may take longer when:
How can I obtain death certificates when a death occurs?
At the time arrangements are made with Palm Mortuary, we will discuss with you how to obtain certified death certificates from the Health Department. If you are the legal next-of-kin and the person making the arrangements, there are several ways to obtain the death certificates:
What if I need additional death certificates?
You may order additional certificates directly from the health department at the above address on a walk-in basis or by mail for a charge of $27.00 for the first copy and $20.00 for each additional copy. You will need to supply a copy of your ID and provide a money order payable to SNHD, as they do not accept personal checks. They will ask for an application form to be completed.
If you need a death certificate for a death that occurred many years ago, you may obtain one through the State of Nevada Carson City Vital Records. Their website for ordering death certificates is www.vitalrec.com and their phone number is 775-684-4242.