We will assist you in ordering as many certified copies of the death certificate as you determine are necessary.  Please keep in mind that these certified copies carry a fee set by each County. Some local County's fees are as follows: 

  •  Collier & Lee County             $10.00 /ea. 

Most of the places requiring a death certificate will need a certified copy rather than a photocopy.  Certified copies are printed on a special safety paper with a hologram seal that are available only through the Office of Vital Statistics. The following is a partial listing of places where a death certificate MAY be required: 

  • Insurance Companies (usually require copy with cause of death)
  • Banks and other Financial Institutions
  • Brokerages
  • Pension Funds
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Social Security Administration
  • Veterans Administration
  • Internal Revenue
  • Clerk of Court in each county where the decedent owned real estate (a copy without cause of death is required) 

This is not a complete list. Additional certified copies could be required and certified copies may not be needed in every listed case. Please consult your financial / legal advisor for further assistance in determining the quantity required for your specific circumstances.

SPECIAL NOTE (Long Form vs. Short Form): 

  • Florida issues two types of certificates:  Long form will show the cause of death. Short form will not.   Short form will be required for the Clerk of Court and certain other state agencies in Florida. 
  • In Florida, Cause of Death is considered confidential by law. Only certain persons are allowed to obtain copies containing the Cause of Death. 
  • Long Form is usually only needed for insurance purposes.
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