Death Certificates

Effingham County Probate Court can only issue certified copies of Death Certificates. The Probate Court also only has copies of residents that have died in a County in Georgia. Please call 912-754-2112 before coming into the office so we may make sure we can locate your requested certificate.

Request a Copy

The applicant must show proper identification as a relative and other necessary proof before we are able to issue a certified copy of a death certificate. The applicant will then be given a form (EFS/Vital Records 2 per 96) that he or she must fill out.


The fees for copies of Certified Death Certificates are:

  • First copy - $25
  • Additional copies issued at the same time - $5

We only accept cash (no bills larger than $20), money orders, checks debit and credit cards (with convivence fee).

Certified Copies of Death Certificates With the Cause of Death

Upon completion of a writers request and payment of the fee, the persons or agency representatives that may obtain certified copies of death certificates that contain the cause of death are:

  • The spouse, children, parents or other next to kin of the decedent
  • The legal representatives of the previously described individuals (including funeral directors)
  • Any individual who demonstrates the need for the cause of death to establish a legal right or claim
  • The court, person or entity mentioned in an order or subpoena issued by a court or competent jurisdiction
  • Authorized representatives of Federal, State or County government agencies in the conduct to their official duties (not for personal purposes)
  • Genealogists representing and authorized in writing by a family to obtain copies of records to conduct family research
  • Researchers authorized by the State Registrar

Certified Copies of Death Certificates Without the Cause of Death

Any person may obtain a certified copy or abstract of a death certificate that does not contain the cause of death. However, no certified copy of a death certificate can be issued until the person seeking a copy completes a written request and pays the applicable Vital Record fee.

Uncertified Copies

We can not issue any uncertified copies of a vital record.