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Death Certificate Corrections/Changes

Notice of Fee Increase on 10/1/2009. 

Corrections or changes to a death certificate may be made in several ways. Since a death certificate is a legal document, appropriate legal requirements must be met to make the correction or change. General information is given below, but it is best to call the Center for Health Statistics at (334) 206-2641 for additional information. Please note, only the medical certifier who signed the certificate may make corrections to the Medical Certification portion of the death certificate.

I. Correcting Non-Medical Information on a Death Certificate
(Items 1- 36 on Current Form)

Non-medical information (Items 1-36 on current form) may be corrected though the amendment process by the funeral home, informant, spouse or parent(s) of the decedent (as listed on the record) or others with an appropriate legal interest. Legal documentation or court action may be required to process the corrections requested. Please note, the original information on the death certificate will not be changed. The amendment will be made in the form of an affidavit attached to the original certificate indicating the items which were corrected.

You may request corrections to a death certificate by completing a request form and indicating the changes to be made to the death certificate. This form is also available in Spanish.

Mail the completed request form with the required amendment fee of $20.00 which includes one certified copy of the certificate. Include $6.00 for each additional copy requested. Send to:
Alabama Vital Records
Death Amendment Clerk
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama  36103-5625

Since complex legal issues may be involved with the amendment of some items, please call the Death Amendment Clerk at (334) 206-2641 for more information.

II. Changing/Correcting Medical Information on a Death Certificate
(Items 37-43 and Items 46-57 on Current Form)

Only the medical certifier (Physician, Coroner or Medical Examiner) who signed the death certificate may make corrections/changes to medical information on a death certificate (Items 37-43 and 46-57 of the current form). The medical certifier should contact the Center for Health Statistics at
(334) 206-2641 for information on making any changes.

A. Changing a Cause of Death from "Pending"

When the physician, coroner, or medical examiner receives an autopsy report, he/she should complete a Supplemental Medical Certification Request Form (HS-90) to add the medical information on the cause of death to the certificate. To obtain a Supplemental Medical Certification Request Form
(HS-90), the certifier should contact the Center for Health Statistics at
(334) 206-2641 or FAX the request to (334) 206-2659.

B. Updating/Correcting Information to the Cause of Death in the
Medical Certification Section of the Death Certificate

The physician, coroner, or medical examiner may make corrections or changes to the medical certification section of the death certificate by completing the Supplemental Medical Certification Request Form (HS-90). To obtain a Supplemental Medical Certification Request Form (HS-90), the certifier should contact the Center for Health Statistics at (334) 206-2641 or fax the request to (334) 206-2659.

Questions

Any questions concerning changes/corrections to information on a death certificate should be referred to (334) 206-2641.


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