Some things in life are permanent, while others are not. And some things that we think are permanent, or things that we know are permanent, sometimes are not. What is this all about? It is about death certificates. Most people think that death certificates are permanent and can not be changed. However that is not the case. There is a period of time in which the death certificate information can be changed and a new death certificate can be issued.
Suppose there is some incorrect information on a death certificate and you notice it after the original is issued. Here is what you do:
- Get your evidence or proof of the information that needs to be changed on the certificate.
- Call up the Funeral Director at the place where the service was and he or she can usually get the certificate changed.
- The corrected information will appear on a brand new certificate and also the list of corrected items will appear on that new death certificate.
- The corrected items usually will be listed on the top of the left-hand side of the certificate, unless this policy has changed recently.
Wait for your envelope in the mail and you will soon find your brand new death certificate in your mail box. I am not sure if you can arrange to have it picked up; you would need to get that information from the Funeral Director.
What other facts are interesting about death certificates? Here is one. It is illegal to copy or photostat or take a photograph of a death certificate. So if someone asks for a copy of one, do not photostat it but give them an original copy if you have extras. Or tell them you need to send away for a copy. Put the certificate in a secure place with all of your other contact and identification papers.