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Corrections for death certificates must be submitted by mail or in person. You cannot request a correction online.
To request a death certificate correction, you must be the deceased person's spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, informant listed on the death certificate, or an entitled party. You must also be 18 years or older. If you are not listed on the death certificate as the informant, we will notify the informant of the request to amend the certificate.
Certificate corrections require 12 weeks to process. Delivery by mail can take an additional two weeks.All in-person orders require an appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment online.
If the error was made by the facility or provider within 12 months of the date of death, contact the facility or provider listed on the death certificate. They can submit the correction request electronically.
If you are unable to schedule an appointment and have an emergency request related to travel, health care coverage, government services, military, housing or employment, call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, include current photo ID and documents showing that you have an emergency, such as a paid plane ticket, letter from an employer with a job start date, or letter from a government agency with an appointment date.
When submitting a request, it is important to follow the below guidelines and provide the correct forms and documentation:
Review below information about common types of death certificate corrections and their required documentation.
In addition to the application, you must have a letter from a health care provider who treated the person named on the death certificate.
The provider's letter must include: the provider’s letterhead, signature and license number; dates showing when the provider started and stopped treating the deceased; a statement from the provider that the cause of death was related to COVID-19 (the letter may use phrasing indicating the death was caused by, may have been caused by, or was likely a result of COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms); and a statement that the provider reviewed the current cause of death on the death certificate.
Mail the application, letter, and all required documents to:
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Attention: FEMA Death Certificate Amendment Request, Corrections Unit
125 Worth Street, Room 144, CN-4
New York, NY 10013
For more information, email email@example.com, with “FEMA burial assistance” in the subject line.
You must provide a legal court document, marriage certificate, birth certificate or letter from a funeral home admitting error.
You must provide two proofs of address, such as:
You must provide a Forces Discharge paper, discharge certificate or original letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs.
You must provide a civil marriage certificate, registered domestic partnership certificate, legal separation document, divorce decree, notification of no divorce on file from where the deceased was married, or a death certificate of spouse.
You must provide a civil marriage certificate, registered domestic partnership certificate or legal separation document.
You must provide the original birth certificate.
You must provide the original Social Security Card or a Social Security Administration letter showing the deceased person's full social security number.
You must provide an employee ID or a letter from the employer.
You must provide an employee ID, letter from employer, last pay stub(s), last W-2 form or professional license.
You must provide a diploma, degree or letter from the educational institution.
You must provide the deceased person's original birth certificate.
If you are removing the informant's information, you must provide a court order from Surrogate's Court.
If you are correcting the informant's information, you must provide a government letter or utility bill, mortgage statement, rent/lease agreement, or letter from the funeral home admitting error.
You must provide the original letter from a cemetery/crematory on letterhead or return to the funeral home.
You must provide a letter from the funeral home with on letterhead signed by the funeral director.
You must complete the Birth Certificate Correction application (PDF)
To submit a still birth certificate correction, you must be a parent named on the certificate or, if both parents are deceased at the time of still birth, an aunt, uncle or grandparent.
To submit a miscarriage (spontaneous termination of pregnancy) certificate correction, you must be a parent. Funeral directors may also apply for these corrections.
Note: There are no fees for this type of correction.