A Certified Death Certificate is necessary before any legalities can be attended to. Death certificates can be obtained through the Funeral Director for a short period of time, and through the issuing registrar for the locality of death forever. Certified Copies of the Original Death Certificate vary in cost and are set by the issuing local. It is a good idea to obtain multiple copies of the death certificate when the Funeral Director first files it since most agencies require a certified certificate and not a photocopy. It will also save time and delays in getting additional copies at a later date.