Sunday, December 8, 2013

Government Offices Resource Guide

Government Offices and Organizations

1.     Social Security Administration

2.     Maricopa County Public Fiduciary
Security Center Building
222 North Central Avenue Suite 4100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours: 8am to 5pm M-F except holidays
Phone: 602.506.5801 | Fax: 602.506.2495
After Hours: 602.506.5801 (Emergencies only) 


The website says the following about the indigent burial program: To initiate a referral, call (602) 506-5801. Be prepared to provide the following information: Name of Decedent, Address, Date of Birth, Date of Death, Social Security Number, and Marital Status; next of kin Full Name, Address, and Phone Number. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.  A Burial Coordinator will be assigned and will contact the family as soon as possible. An application and determination interview is then scheduled. At the interview the family is required to provide proof of income, other additional financial resources, rent/mortgage receipt, and other documentation as directed by the caseworker. In most instances, a decision is rendered at the time of interview with the next of kin.

3.     The Arizona Fiduciaries Association
PO BOX 4130
Scottsdale, AZ  85261
602-840-2900  ext 307   Fax 480-922-5283
The Arizona Fiduciaries Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide structure, guidance, training and continuing education for public and private fiduciaries in Arizona. 
Our Vision:  The AFA will be a nationally recognized leader for developing the best standards of practice for professional fiduciaries. Mission:  To provide education and advocacy to its members to enhance and promote the fiduciary profession. 

Forensic Science Center
701 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix AZ  85007
602-506-3322       Fax: 602-506-1546

The Med Examiner has an Unidentified Persons Bureau. This is a site that is specifically used for trying to get unidentified persons identified and the missing persons files matched to the identified.  This is an amazing effort for Missing Adults. Proud to spread the news about this program!

5.     Maricopa County Vital Statistics Office of Registration

Information about How to Obtain A Certified Copy of a Death Certificate

Direct Link to the Mail-In Application for a Maricopa County Death Certificate

Application for Requesting Changes on a Death Certificate

Brochure Explaning Eligibility of a Death Certificate Request

Applying For Death or Birth Certificates Online through VitalChek
VitalChek is a third party company authorized by Maricopa County and the State of Arizona to offer this online Application option. To obtain information and instructions for  ordering Arizona vital records, please review

Apply in person at any of the following offices:
Central Phoenix Office
3221 N 16th St Ste 100
Phoenix AZ 85016

West Valley Office
3003 W Thomas Rd Ste 200B
Phoenix AZ 85017

East Valley Office
4419 E Main St Ste 105
Mesa AZ 85205

 8:00am - 4:30pm
Ph: 602-506-6805

$20.00 - Certified Copy
$30.00 - Corrections

Forms of Payment:
• Visa or MasterCard
• Money Order
• Cashier’s Check
• Cash (in person ONLY)

How to Apply:
• In person
• By Mail
• Online (fees apply)

Changing Identity Information on File with Maricopa County Vital Statistics
               When you are requesting to change the identity of a loved one from an indigent status to an individual with a confirmed & validated identity, there is a form that the funeral homes will have you fill out called a VSIM Worksheet. This form asks all of the questions needed to provide as much information as possible about your loved ones identity to file with the state.  This worksheet is often required by the funeral home when doing a death certificate correction letter and amendment application.  Each funeral home has its own version or copy of the VSIM worksheet, but you can view an example of this form here:

6.     Self Service Center Maricopa County
The superior court of Arizona offers many forms and legal documents that are able to be downloaded, printed and filled out without an attorney.

7.     Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Rodolfo Thomas, Executive Director
Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
1400 West Washington, Suite #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-3095
Fax: (602) 542-3093

Patricia Keith, Programs and Project Specialist
Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
1400 West Washington, Suite #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone:(602) 542-3095
Fax:(602) 542-3093

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