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I have had my 15 year old daughter in my custody since she was born her father was never in her life and he died 4 years ago I was told I need a death certificate but don’t know how to get in contact with the family haven’t seen or talked to them in 15 years and I can’t get a copy of the certificate as I wasn’t his spouse when he died and my daughter can’t get a copy until she’s 18 so what am I supposed to do?

If you live in Ontario, for example, there are no restrictions on who can apply for a death certificate: https://www.orgforms.gov.on.ca/eForms/eForms_faq/start.do?lang=en#whoCanApplyDeathCert

So you can apply for your daughter’s father’s death certificate and then use that to apply for whatever it is your daughter needs.

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What counts as a valid reason for an early registration of death?

The validity of your reason for an early death registration is left up to each Registrar General. If you can prove that because of the person’s death there is an urgent reason to settle an estate claim, this has been seen as a valid reason to qualify for an early registration of death. Also if someone needs to claim a will from a deceased relative, as long as there is sufficient proof of this need, then this has been valid before for an early registration of death.

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How do you register a death?

Following the death, you must call a doctor or coroner. He / she will fill out a Medical Certificate of Death and give it to the funeral director. The funeral director and a family member must then complete the Statement of Death form. The funeral director will then submit both the Medical Certificate of Death and the Statement of Death form to the local municipality’s clerk’s office so that the death can be registered.

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Can anyone obtain a death certificate?

Who can apply for a death certificate varies from province to province. Usually the next of kin must apply for a recent death. You need to check with the Vital Statistics registrar in the province where the death occurred.

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