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.



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

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