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Copies of Death Certificates

A Certified Copy or a Certified Transcript of a death certificate may be issued:

  1. To a person with a New York State Court Order issued on a showing of necessity

  2. To the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased

  3. To the lawful representative of the spouse, parent or child of the deceased

  4. To a person requiring the record for a documented legal right or claim

  5. To a person requiring the record for a documented medical need

  6. To a municipal, state or federal agency when needed for official purposes


Those falling into categories 1, 4 or 5 will not physically possess the record.  The record will be sent from the Town Clerk’s Office directly to the agency requiring the record. 


To request a search and certified copies

  1. Applicant will fill out the DOH-294A (Application to Local Registrar for Copy of Death Record).  For records of deaths that occurred after 1/1/1988, the applicant will need to specify whether he or she is requesting the copies with or without the confidential cause of death. 

  2. Applicant will need to provide a current government issued photo ID

  3. The fee for certified copies of death certificates is $10.00 per copy.  Make checks payable to “Town of Wappinger”

  4. If requested by mail, the applicant should also write a brief request for the copy with a notarized signature