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Death Record Amendments

Death Record Amendments

A completed Affidavit to Amend a death record must be submitted to the State of Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics (OVRS), or to the vital records office in the local health department for the county where the death occurred, along with required fees for registration.

Two persons/witnesses having knowledge of the facts must complete and sign the affidavits. One of the witnesses on the affidavit must be the informant. Signatures of both witnesses must be notarized.

  1. Applicant must be 18 years of age to make a correction.

Amendments to the medical items on the death record must be completed by the physician that certified the cause of death. Please contact OVRS for assistance.

Documentary evidence may be required at any time at the discretion of OVRS. A court order may be required to make the requested changes if required documentation is unavailable or unacceptable.

  1. A completed affidavit is required to amend the record.

  2. Payment of fees are required to amend the record.

  3. Acceptable documentary evidence may be required.

  4. Submit required information to the proper vital records office.

Correcting Decedent Demographic Information

For demographic corrections use the Affidavit to Amend a vital record. Two persons/witnesses having knowledge of the facts must complete and sign the affidavits. The informant who is listed on the death record must be one of the witnesses on the affidavit. Signatures of both witnesses must be notarized.

  1. Applicants must be 18 years of age to make a correction.

  2. A completed affidavit is required to amend the record.

Correcting Marital Status, Adding/Changing Spouse Information or Correcting Informant Information

These amendments may be requested by the person alleging the error exists, such as the informant, decedent’s family member, funeral home, etc.

The informant who is listed on the death record and the surviving spouse must complete and sign the affidavit. The original informant must participate in the amendment process to correct the marital status, spouse information or informant information.

If the informant is deceased, an immediate family member or next of kin of the deceased may be allowed to sign the affidavit in place of the informant. Proof of the informant’s death is required.

A court order may be necessary to correct marital status or spouse information in the following situations:

  1. The informant is unable or unwilling to request the change.

  2. A party claims he or she is the surviving spouse and is not listed as such.

  3. Two or more parties claim to be the surviving spouse.

  4. The record shows the deceased to have been divorced, never married, or widowed and no surviving spouse is listed, and a party is claiming to be the surviving spouse.

  5. A party claims to be a common law spouse.

A certified copy of the court order must be submitted by the petitioner to OVRS Death Registration, and there may be a required fee for processing.

  1. Submit a certified copy of the court order to OVRS Death Registration.

  2. Payment of fees may be required for processing the court order.
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