South Health District

Death Certificates

All County Vital Records Offices now have the ability of issuing death records for anyone who died in Georgia since 1919. Previously, records were only available from the county where the death occurred, but through a new Vital Event Information System, records are now available for deaths occurring in any Georgia county.

Who can obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

A death certificate can be issued to any applicant having a direct and tangible interest in the vital record. This includes, but may not be limited to: either parent, guardian, temporary guardian, living legal spouse, next of kin, legal representative, a court of competent jurisdiction upon its order or subpoena, and any governmental agency, state or federal, provided that such certificate is needed for official purposes.

What must you provide to receive a certified copy of a death certificate?

In order to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate you must provide the appropriate fee and a signed request that includes the following information:

Through Mail: (Most mail requests are processed and mailed the same day they are received.)

  • Full name of the certificate
  • Date of death (month, day, year)
  • Place of death (city, county)
  • Relationship to the decendent
  • Requestor’s daytime telephone number
  • Requestor’s name and mailing address
  • Purpose for the death certificate
  • All requests must be signed
  • A photocopy of your picture I.D.
  • Enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope
  • Cashier’s check or money order made payable to Vital Records

In Office:

  • A photocopy of your picture I.D.
  • Cashier’s check or money order made payable to Vital Records, or debit/credit cards and cash accepted

What are the fees?

One certified copy $25
Additional certifications of same record ordered at the same time $5

For information on how to obtain vital records outside Georgia visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm