How can I obtain a copy of the death certificate?

Our office completes only the certification portion of a death certificate, which is then completed by the funeral director who files it. Original copies for insurance and estate purposes are usually provided by the funeral director, but can also be obtained from the Vital Statistics Officer in the municipal jurisdiction of the death location, or by contacting the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services by calling 609-292-4087 or writing to: Vital Statistics P.O. Box 370 Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

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1. How can I obtain copies of reports?
2. How can I obtain a copy of the death certificate?
3. How do we claim or recover the decedent’s body?
4. Do all medical examiner cases get autopsied?
5. What is an autopsy?
6. What if the family does not want an autopsy?
7. What does a person do on finding a family member deceased?
8. Can we visit and view the decedent at your facility?
9. If I have questions about the autopsy or toxicology reports, can I get an explanation of the medical information?
10. Must I do anything differently if a baby dies unexpectedly?
11. Does the family pay for any of the Medical Examiner services?
12. Who can we call for additional information, counseling, or assistance?