Table of Contents:
- How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Tennessee
- How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Louisiana
- How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Rhode Island
Contact the county in which the person died. The County Clerk typically maintains all vital records. Consult the clerk's web page for information on how to order a death certificate.
Contact VitalCheck to order a death certificate online. Begin by choosing "Death Certificate" as the type of record requested. Select Tennessee as the state in which the person died. Select the city in which the person died. Enter the date of death. Provide a reason for requesting the certificate. Select the type of death record, long or short form. Read the authorizing information screen. Decide if you would like more than one certificate. Enter information about yourself, the person ordering the certificate. Enter payment information.
Use the Tennessee Department of Health's website. Request a copy of a death certificate using their online form or by mailing a written request. Include a copy of a photo identification card as part of the written request.
Get an "Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate" form and fill it out (see link under Resources).
Find out the form(s) of identification you are required to provide in order to obtain a death certificate. Since Louisiana is a "closed record" state, death certificates are not accessible to the general public; if you are requesting a death certificate, you must furnish the proper identification in order to obtain a death record.
Acceptable identification is divided into primary and secondary documents; if you choose to present a primary document, examples include a driver's license, a U.S. or foreign-issued passport, or documentation of U.S. citizenship. Examples of secondary documents include tax forms, adoption papers, your vehicle title, and insurance policy. You can locate a complete list of various acceptable forms of identification by navigating to the link listed under Resources.
Submit your application, service fee, and identification to the Vital Records Registry. You can do this in three ways: in person, by mail, or via the Internet, fax or telephone.
If you wish to order the document in person, bring all the materials to one of the 10 Vital Records Service Centers in Louisiana (see Resources to locate a service center closest to you). Your request will be fulfilled on the same day or within 24 hours, according to the Vital Records Registry.
Alternatively, if you prefer to obtain the death certificate by mail, submit your application, a copy of your identification and fees to: Vital Records Registry, P.O. Box 60630 New Orleans, LA 70160. The registry states that you will receive the death certificate within four to six weeks.
Lastly, you can order a death record via the Internet, fax or telephone through an authorized provider, such as VitalChek Network (see Resources for more information on VitalChek).
Send in an application requesting the death certificate to the Office of Vital Records. The application must be accompanied with a copy of your government-issued identification such as a driver's license or passport.
Apply in person. You can go to the Office of Vital Records in person to obtain a copy of the death certificate in question. You will need to produce an original government-issued identification. The office is located at: 3 Capitol Hill, Room 101, Providence, RI 02908-5097.
Go the city or town hall in the city where the death took place. The record office in the local government center will have a copy of the death certificate and will be able to issue you one.
Go to the city or town hall where the person lived before he died. The record office of the city or town should be able to provide you with a copy of the death certificate.
Contact the Rhode Island State Archives. If the death occurred 50 or more years ago, it is now a part of the public record and the state archives will be able to provide you a copy of the death certificate.