wiford Funeral Home will complete, file and obtain certified copies of the death certificate for you.
Certified copies are usually required for:
• Life Insurance policies (one per company)
• Mutual funds, stocks and bonds (ask the broker about the number needed.)
• Company or government pension funds.
• Death benefits from some credit unions, trade unions, or professional associations.
• Some banks/financial institutions.
• Creditors’ life insurance on loan balances with banks, finance companies or credit cards.
• Survivor benefits from the Veterans Administration.
• Some Social Security survivor benefits.
• Airline travel and/or hotel bonus programs.
It is our responsibility to see that all of the required statistical information is placed on the original
certificate of death. The attending physician will complete the medical information required on the form. If an
autopsy was ordered by a medical examiner/coroner there may be a delay receiving the certificate, pending
further medical evaluation. In some cases this may take 6 to 8 weeks or longer, in which case we can usually
obtain a certificate with the cause of death listed as “pending.” This type of certificate can be used for most
items that require a death certificate.
Once all information is completed, we will file the certificate with the health department in the county or
city (in parts of VA) of death and order the certified copies for you directly form the Health Department, or from
the Register of Deeds office in certain counties. You will know the copies are certified, by the raised seal on
the bottom of each copy. Certified copies are $10.00 each in Virginia and $10.00 each in North Carolina, but
prices are subject to change.
It normally takes between 7 to 14 business days for the funeral home to obtain certified copies of the
death certificate, depending upon promptness of both the physician and the health department. We complete
and file the certificate as quickly as possi