How to Amend a Death Certificate

Death Certificates How to Amend a Death Certificate

How to Amend a Death Certificate 

Any person may request an amendment to a death record. “Amendment” refers to the correction of items printed on a death certificate (other than the cause and manner of death). You can add missing information, such as a middle name, or update information, such as an incorrect date of birth or a spelling problem.

To amend a death certificate, you must contact the funeral director who submitted the original certificate and make your request. The funeral director must make the adjustments, sign the updated certificate, and resubmit it. The updated certificate must be signed by the medical certifier as well. Moreover, a court order is required if the original signatures cannot be obtained.

DoNotPay wants to make it as simple as possible for you or your loved ones to obtain copies of death certificates and amend them as necessary. Read on to learn how.

The Difference Between an Authorized and Informational Death Certificate Copy 

The information on an Informational Death Certificate Copy death record is identical to that on the short form death certificate. However, it is not a certified copy and can only be used for genealogical research and other personal purposes. It is given to anyone who asks for it.

An Authorized Death Certificate Copy is a legal document that can be used to close out a decedent's financial accounts and collect benefits. It's printed on secure paper that's been certified. It includes the decedent's social security number and the cause and manner of death. Only approved requesters receive it.

Who Is Eligible to Apply for a Death Certificate Amendment? 

Only the following people can request a death certificate amendment: 

  1. A parent (especially for fetal death)
  2. The deceased's spouse on record
  3. Deceased’s child
  4. Deceased's sibling
  5. Anyone with a court order
  6. Medical Certifier who handled the case

How Much Does It Cost to Amend a Death Certificate? 

When you submit your application, you must pay the amendment fee. The fees are non-refundable. Without payment, the Office of Vital Records will not process amendments.

The cost to amend a death certificate varies from state to state. For example, the charge for amending any vital record, such as a death certificate, is $40 and is the same at all Minnesota vital records offices. The cost must be paid along with the amendment application and is non-refundable.

To make your payments, you may opt for any of the following:

  • Credit Card - You can pay at the Office of Vital Records with a credit card; include the cardholder's name, card number, expiration date, and 3-digit security code.
  • Check or Money Order - Most vital records offices will accept a personal check or money order.
  • Cash - If you process your application in-person at a county vital records office, be sure to inquire about their payment modes (and your alternatives). If you pay with cash, get a receipt.

What Documents Do You Need to Amend a Death Certificate? 

To process your application to amend a death certificate, you must provide authorized copies of all documentation and payment. Here are some examples of needed documentation for various amendments:

Type of AmendmentDocumentation Required
Change the information of the decedent (i.e. name, sex, date birth, place of birth, sex, names of the

Decedent’s parents)

Any of the documents relating to the decedent:

  • Certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Religious document
  • Naturalization Certificate/Alien Registration Card
  • Armed Forces discharge
  • Hospital record or physician office record of death
  • Federal Census record
Add or remove the surviving


All of the following documents must be presented:

  • Notarized statement from informant
  • Marriage certificate, divorce decree, or separation decree
  • Notarized statement from surviving spouse who

wants to be added or removed

Correct the cause of


  • Court order OR Statement signed by Medical Examiner, Medically Licensed Coroner, or Attending Physician which specifies the correct cause of death

Note that the requirements may vary per state.

How to Request an Amendment to a Death Certificate by Yourself 

If you submit a request for personal information corrections within a six-month duration after the death, the funeral home that handled the arrangements will help you with your request. 

The Medical Certifier on the certificate will assist you with medical information correction such as the location, cause, time, or other medical sectors. If the request is made seven months or more after the death, the following applies:

  1. Fill out the correct amendment form and gather supporting evidence to bring to your local registrar to make changes to your personal information.
  2. Corrections to medical information, such as the date of death, and the cause of death, can be made by completing the proper Amendment form. Then the Medical Certifier should sign on the change.
  3. Gather the necessary papers and bring them to your local registrar.

How to Amend a Death Certificate Copy With DoNotPay

If you need copies of a death certificate ensure to complete the following steps: 

  1. Go to the Death Certificates product on DoNotPay. 
  2. Enter the details of the person who is on the death certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. 
  3. Enter the city, state, and hospital (if applicable) the registrant passed away in, so we can complete the correct form. 
  4. Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy. 
  5. Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license. 
  6. Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct. 
  7. If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf. 

Why Should You Use DoNotPay to Amend a Death Certificate Copy? 

You don’t have to go through hoops to amend a death certificate. DoNotPay is the best option because it is: 

  • Fast: You don't have to wait hours trying to amend copies of certified death certificates.
  • Easy: You won't have to remember all the steps needed to get amended, certified death certificates.
  • Successful: You may rest assured that DoNotPay will put up the most solid case possible for you.

DoNotPay wants to make it as simple as possible for you or your loved ones to amend copies of death certificates. Try it today.

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