Death Certificates

Although a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse is responsible for filing the death certificate, the task is often delegated to the funeral director. Most of the information needed to complete the death certificate is obtained from the family of the deceased. However, it must be a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse who completes and certifies the cause of death information. Once a death record is completed in the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS), it is registered and the death certificate is available to the town clerks for filing.

In addition to receiving copies of vital records from Vermont town clerks, the Health Department also receives copies of certificates of all Vermont resident births and deaths that occur in other states and in Canada. This allows the Health Department to do statistical analyses of vital events involving Vermont residents even if the birth or death occurred outside of the state.

Order Certified Copies of Death Certificates from the Town Clerk

Town Clerks can issue certified copies of Vital Records, including certificates of birth, death, marriage, and civil unions. 

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Order Certified Copies of Death Certificates from the Health Department

Certified copies of death certificates dated January 1, 1909 and later are available for a fee from the Department of Health.

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Order by mail

  • Complete and print this Application and read the Supplemental Instructions.
  • Make check or money order payable to “Vermont Department of Health
  • The fee for certified copies is $10.00 per copy.
  • Return the application form, your check or money order, and a photocopy of your identification to the address on the form. Do not mail cash. A list of acceptable identification documents is on the Application form.

Order in person

  • Complete and print the Application and read the Supplemental Instructions.
  • Make check or money order payable to “Vermont Department of Health
  • The fee for certified copies is $10.00 per copy.
  • Bring the application form, your check or money order, and your identification to 108 Cherry Street in Burlington, Vermont between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

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Fetal Deaths and Abortions

Reports of fetal death and induced termination of pregnancy (abortion) are sent directly to the Health Department by the physician, hospital, or clinic that performs the procedure. By law, these reports are for statistical purposes only. They are not public records and are destroyed after five years.