Sunday, December 8, 2013

"How Do I Get Their Death Certificate?" Maricopa County Vital Statistics

One of the questions that I am most frequently asked by loved ones and family members of the deceased is, "How Do I Get Their Death Certificate?"

 In the State of Arizona, you must be a direct relative of the deceased and may be asked to provide the reason for the request. You do have to provide proof of your relationship to the deceased. You also have to prove your identity by including a copy of your Driver License or State ID.  For more information about relationship requirements and proof documents accepted, visit the following link for a brochure that includes all the detailed information about obtaining a death certificate in Arizona.

Brochure Explaining Eligibility & Proof Document Requirements
for a Death Certificate Request 

There are multiple methods for obtaining a copy of a loved ones death certificate. 

I know that many of the White Tanks Families live out of the state of Arizona.  It is not a problem that you do not live in Arizona. The Maricopa County Vital Statistics Registrar Website has everything that you need to apply for a death certificate on their website. It can be done right from the comfort of your own home (if you have a printer/copier/scanner).

You can apply via application by mail using the following link to obtain an application form to fill out and mail in with copies of your proof documents.
Direct Link to the Mail-In Application for a Maricopa County Death Certificate

  • If you live in the State of Arizona, you can walk into any Vital Statistics Office to request a copy of the death certificate. Make sure that you take the required documents necessary to prove your identity and the relationship to the deceased.  The hours for the Vital Statics Offices is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Their phone number is 602-506-6805.  You can also contact them online with questions or comments at the following website address:
  • The following are office locations you can visit to apply and pick up a copy: 
    • 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
  • You may apply online for the death certificate using the approved online method provided by VitalChek. This website is very easy to use and walks you through the process one step at a time. Have your ID available and payment information (like a debit or credit card). -- Visit their website at 
The cost for a certified death certificate copy is $20.00.  Forms of Payment that                       are accepted include the following: • Visa or MasterCard, • Money Order •                                Cashier’s Check • Cash (in person ONLY)

I have personally already been through the process of applying for (requesting) my mother's death certificate. I was denied the first time and had to reapply. The reason for denial was because the information on the death certificate did not match the information that I put on the application. If you find yourself in the predicament, please contact me or read the blog posting for requesting changes for incorrect information on a death certificate.   White Tanks Angels Foundation will assist the families in walking through the process of requesting a death certificate, requesting changes to be made or correcting documents. If you have questions or need help, please send an email to  or  SUBJECT LINE: Death Certificate Help

References for this blog posting--

Maricopa County Vital Statistics Office of Registration

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

Application for Requesting Changes on a Death Certificate

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