A Certified Death Certificate is necessary before anything can be done. The funeral director will furnish the family with as many copies of the death certificate as they request, and additional copies can always be obtained later through the funeral home if needed. When estimating how many copies you will need, it is a good idea to overestimate by a few copies, as most agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy. Talk to your funeral director during the arrangement conference if you are unsure of how many are needed. He or she will be able to guide you to make sure that you order an appropriate amount.
Certified copies of the death certificate are provided through a local registrar. The funeral director can use the registrar of the township where the death occurred, the State Registrar of NJ, or the township where the funeral home is located. Once the death certificate is officially filed with the state, additional copies can only be acquired through the State Registrar or the township where the death occurred. Immediate family members of the deceased can obtain these certificates through the registrar's office, or you can contact the funeral home. We are happy to be of assistance and always aim to make these tasks easier on the family.