Death Certificates


Most business and or legal matters require a certified copy of the death certificate. We will secure certified copies of the Death Certificate for you. Please be aware that this does not happen immediately after death.

YOUR ATTORNEY OR ACCOUNTANT SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN DETERMINING THE CORRECT NUMBER OF CERTIFICATES TO ORDER.

Check with individual companies, banks etc to determine if they will require an original or a photocopy of the original death certificate.

Death certificates can be made WITH or WITHOUT cause of death. Under Florida Law, the cause of death is CONFIDENTIAL. Cause of death SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED when requesting copies for probate issues, real estate taxes, vehicle title transfers or banks, as they are not permitted to accept them by Florida Law. Life insurance companies WILL REQUIRE CAUSE OF DEATH to be on the certified copies.

Who is authorized to obtain cause of death?

Pursuant to Florida Law, the decedents spouse or parent, child, grandchild or sibling if of legal age, or to any family member who provides a will, insurance policy or other document that demonstrates the family member’s interest in the estate of the decedent, or to any person who provides documentation that he/she is acting on behalf of any of the family member’s”.

What if we need more death certificates later?

You can  order online from the State of Florida or VitalChek.Com or visit your local health department listed below:

For Broward County Deaths:
Broward County Health Dept.
Vital Statistics Unit
2421A SW 6 Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
954-467-4700

$15.00 per copy
Health Letter - $15.00

For Miami-Dade County Deaths:
Miami-Dade County Health Dept.
Vital Records Unit
1350 NW 14 Street
Miami, FL 33125
305-324-2489

$20.00 1st copy $16.00 each addl.
Health Letter - $15.00

For Palm Beach County Deaths:
Palm Beach County Health Dept.
Office of Vital Statistics
800 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-514-5325

$15.00 per copy
Health Letter - $15.00

 

 How long does it take to get death certificates?

We must complete the death certificate and obtain the doctor’s signature. This process will not even begin until the first business day following the death. Should the death occur on a weekend, no processing of the death certificate happens until at least Monday, as doctors’ offices do not open on the weekends.

Florida now has an Electronic Death Registration System. After we complete the demographic information from the family about the deceased. The State's computer system notifies the Doctor who is to certify the death and he must complete the manner and cause of death. Pursuant to Florida law, the doctor has 72 hours in which to complete his portion of the death certificate.

Once the doctor has completed his portion of the death certificate, the State notifies us that it is complete and available for ME Approval, in the case of cremation, anatomical donation or burial at sea. Once it arrives in our office, we then transmit the information to the medical examiner for cremation approval.

Once approval is obtained, we can then legally perform the cremation and file the death certificate with the county health department for the certified copies. Once we file the death certificate with the county health department, it takes, at least 5 business days plus mailing time (excluding holidays), unless you pay the $10.00 expedite fee for the order and $35.00 Courier Service fee, to obtain the official certified copies. Considering this, please allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days for the death certificates to be in your possession. Note: Expedited Service included in RUSH burial and cremation packages!

We at Brooks Cremation and Funeral Service strive to provide you the best possible service, at an affordable price. We have service personnel available 24/7 to answer any questions or to meet with you in person. However as an owner operated firm, it is important to understand that you will always meet or speak with an owner of the firm, and we as owner operators will complete and handle all tasks and services related to each and every decedent. Therefore office appointment times are very important in our day-to-day operation. So, please feel free to call us at anytime, but before just stopping by, call to ensure that we are available to meet with you.

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