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Who is authorized to receive a certified copy of a death certificate?            

The following persons are authorized to obtain a certified copy of a record.  Proof of relationship to the person named on the record is required.

  • The parents of the person listed on the record
  •  A child of the person named on the record, if of legal age. 
     (You will need to show your own birth certificate.)
  •  A sibling of the person named on the record. 
     (You will have to show a certified copy of your birth certificate.)
  • The current spouse (You must present a certified copy of your marriage.)
  •  A legal representative (You will be required to show a court order.)
  •  A guardian with legal custody of a minor child (You will have to show the court order.)
  • A federal, state, or local government agency for official use only. Identification is required.

Can I authorize another person to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

You can authorize another person to obtain a copy of the death certificate on your behalf.  The applicant must provide a Delegation of Authority Form.

Where can I get a certified copy of a death certificate?

Every attempt will be made to issue a death certificate at the counter, however, circumstances may arise that may prevent over the counter issuance of death certificates.  In this case, the application will be accepted at the counter and the certificate will be mailed to the applicant in a timely manner.

You may apply in person or send your written request to: Registrar,  Denville Division of Health, 1 Saint Mary’s Place, Denville, New Jersey 07834.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our register/counter hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 pm.

What will I need to do to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate by mail?

If you send your application by mail, please provide the following information:

  • The decedent’s full name as it appears in the record
  • The decedent’s mother’s full maiden name
  • The decedent’s father’s full name (if listed on the record)
  • The exact date of death
  • The exact place of death
  • Attach copies of your proof of relationship to the individual identified on the record
  • Indicate the number of copies needed, and the reason for which you are applying for the death certificate (to obtain a passport, driver’s license, identification, registration for school, marriage, etc.)
  • Include your telephone number

Certificate Request Form

ID Checklist

How much does a certified copy of a death certificate cost?

The cost for a certified copy is Fee Schedule for the first copy and Fee Schedule for each additional copy purchased at the same time.

Credit cards or personal checks are not accepted. Money orders addressed to the “Denville Division of Health” are acceptable. You may pay cash in person.

How can I reach the Registrar from the office?

Please contact us at 973-625-8300 EXT 262.