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Arizona is a “closed” records state which means only certain parties may receive a copy of this important document. State law explains that only “eligible” applicants may apply for a certified copy of this important document. This is established by providing direct proof of relationship to the Decedent and may also require establishing the applicant’s “legal or other vital interest” in the death certificate.
Common examples of establishing legal or other vital interest could include the applicant being named as a beneficiary in Will or Trust or the Decedent and the applicant being named jointly on financial documents. Please read the eligibility requirements for more information.
If you need a death certificate from a different state, the information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website including:
However, certain circumstances may delay this time frame. Please contact the funeral home or other agency with whom you are communicating about this death event to learn if they have completed their filing.
*Note: The Social Security Administration is notified electronically once someone has passed and typically no longer requires these specially stamped certified copies. Again, please know, these certificates will not be accepted by any other agency.
In most cases, when applying in person at a Maricopa County Vital Registration Office you may be able to receive a certified copy of an Arizona event the same day you make an eligible application. However, there are some instances when additional time will be needed to process your request. Such instances could include but are not limited to the following examples:
The procedure to make changes from changing or adding a name spelling, to correcting errors in the information provided at the time of registration varies with type of change requested and how recently the certificate was filed.
Please review the information on the Death Certificate Corrections page for further details regarding the most commonly requested correction changes and review or print out the forms you may need to prepare before submitting your requests.
Our Deputy Local Registrars are also available by telephone to assist you with further questions at 602-506-6805: