On April 24, 2016

How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Arapahoe County

How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Arapahoe County

After a loved one passes away, obtaining copies of the death certificate will be important in order to start settling the decedent’s affairs and administering his or her estate. For those who live in Arapahoe County, copies of the death certificate can be obtained from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD)1. And here’s what you’ll need – and need to do – in order to get these copies if or when needed in the future.

Required Documents to Request a Death Certificate

Relatives, legal representatives and others who can prove a “tangible” interest in the death record can request copies of death certificates. In order for this request to be granted, however, the following information (and verifying documents) are required:

  • The full legal name of the decedent
  • The decedent’s place of death and parents’ names (including the mother’s maiden name)
  • Requester’s relationship to the decedent, along with a copy of a valid photo ID
  • The reason for requesting the death certificate
  • Payment for all requested copies

3 Ways to Request Copies of a Death Certificate in Arapahoe County

  1. In person at a TCHD office – Physical office locations are in Commerce City and Greenwood Village, and payment (in the form of cash, checks or money orders) must be brought. If the death certificate is in the system, copies can be provided on the spot.
  2. Online – If the physical offices are closed or you can’t get to them, you can request copies of a death certificate online, 24 hours a day, via a third-party, which charges an additional $10 processing fee (above the TCHD fees).
  3. Via snail mail – For these types of requests, copies of all of the necessary documents must be mailed to a TCHD office, along with the required fees.

Requested Death Certificates: More Important Information

  • Costs – The first copy of a death certificate costs $20, and each subsequent copy (made with the same request) is $13.
  • How many copies to request – In general, it’s advisable to request at least 10 to 15 copies of a death certificate, as a copy will need to be submitted to various institutions (like banks, the Social Security Administration, etc.) as part of the process of settling a decedent’s estate.

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1: To access the TCHD website, click here.

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