Obtaining Copies of Death Certificates

Who is eligible to obtain a death certificate copy?

What is a lawful right or claim?

If the applicant is not the spouse, parent or child of the decedent, a lawful right or claim must be documented. An example of a lawful right or claim would be a death record needed by the applicant to claim a benefit. Documentation would consist of an official letter from the agency verifying that to process the claim they require from the applicant a copy of the requested death record.

What is the fee for a death certificate copy?

The fee is $10.00 per death certificate copy

How long will it take?

Mail requests ordered with regular handling (or requests submitted via first class, registered, certified or two-day mail) will be processed within 2 days from the day that they are received in the Clerk s office.

How do I place an order for a death certificate copy?

Apply in person with proper identification.

Identification Requirements:

1) Application in person must be submitted with copies of either A or B

A.One (1) of the following forms of valid photo-ID

Driver license
Non-driver license
Employment ID

B. Three (3) of the following showing the applicant's name and address

2 Utility or telephone bills
Letter from a government agency dated within the last six (6) months

2) Download an application with a notarized signature and mail it to:

Felicia Salvatore, Town Clerk
Town of Poughkeepsie
1 Overocker Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
(845) 485 - 3620

Include in the request letter: the name of the deceased, the date of death, the father's name of the deceased, the mother's name of the deceased and place of death. Also, include a return address (no P.O. Box). For payment by mail, include a money order, no personal check, for $10.00 per death certificate made out to the Town of Poughkeepsie.