I'm handling my mom's estate; how many copies of the death certificate should I order?

I've heard that some banks and other institutions require the original death certificate, while others will accept a regular copy.

Max

Max

Revelstoke, BC

The death certificate is a certified extract of the information provided on the death registration. The person looking after the estate of the deceased will need to produce the death certificate whenever they are required to provide proof of death — for example, to cancel a driver’s licence or to settle insurance policies.

As you've heard, some institutions will require the original death certificate or a notarized copy, while others will accept a regular copy. You may wish to order two original death certificates, then have additional certified true copies prepared by a notary public or a lawyer if needed. The cost is $27 per copy.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Retired lawyer and consultant
  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2021

Also on this topic

Still not sure what to do?

If you're looking for advice specific to your situation, there are options for free or low-cost help.

Options for legal help

Copyright 2022 People's Law School

Powered by contentful

We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.