How to Receive a Death Certificate in Michigan

Aug 7, 2019

After the death of a loved one, you will notify your network of friends and family of the passing. You must also notify your state government, which will produce a death certificate. A Michigan death certificate is for more than proof of death, but there are many legal reasons requiring a death certificate.

A death certificate is an official document issued by the government, which declares cause of death, location of death, time of death, and some other personal information about the deceased. To receive a Michigan death certificate, you must contact the State of Michigan Vital Records Office within 72 hours of death. The funeral director can assist in this process.

As the funeral director assists in the completion of the death certificate, he or she will collect personal information about the deceased from the next of kin. The funeral director gets medical certification from either the attending physician at time of death, the county medical examiner, or the county health officer or deputy county medical examiner. They must provide medical certification within 48 hours.

The death certificate most often serves as a legal proof, such as accessing pension or union benefits, claiming life insurance, settling estates, or arranging a funeral. Michigan does not restrict death certificates records, and no rules exist about who may order certified copies.

With many reasons to need a death certificate, the state recommends roughly 10 copies for necessary paperwork or other tasks. You can order death certificates through the funeral home or ordered through the state or county in which the person died. The current basic fee for a certified copy of a Michigan vital record is $34.

We know you already have plenty to take care of after the death of a loved one, and that is why Simply Cremations and Funeral Care wants to help you along the way. We are also here to help you along the entire cremation process, starting with the pre-planning stages. Our mission is to offer excellence in our service while providing the compassion, sincerity & understanding needed by families we serve.