vital-recordsdeath-certificatesThe Probate Court only has authorization to print death records. This Court may not make any changes or additions to the death record.

A death certificate is an official recording of the cause, date, and place of death-signed by a physician. A death record may be used for a number of reasons:

  • settle estates
  • claim life insurance benefits
  • claim pensions
  • research purposes
  • various legal reasons

Eligible Recipients

A death certificate is a confidential document, therefore, only the following persons can obtain a death certificate that shows the social security number and cause death of the deceased:

  • Immediate family – the spouse, the biological or adoptive parents
  • The biological or adoptive grandparents
  • The legal guardian
  • Adult Siblings
  • Adult Children
  • Or the personal representative of the individual's estate

If you have a tangible interest in a matter pertaining to the decedent, you can request a certified copy of the death certificate; however, the social security number and cause of death will be redacted.

Identification Requirements

To obtain a death certificate you must present one of the following to the Probate Clerk:

  • Georgia Driver's license or State of Georgia Identification Card unexpired or expired for not more than one year
  • State of Georgia Weapons Carry License
  • Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory
  • Unexpired U.S. Passport or unexpired Foreign Passport
  • S. Military Identification, Military Dependent Identification, Veteran's Identification
  • Unexpired Consulate Card
  • Transportation ID
  • Debit Card with Picture
  • Employer ID Cardvital-recordsdeath-certificates