I am dumb founded
My Idea is this, I can not believe what the ADHS has put me through to get my deceased husband's death certificate. I have been trying to get this certificate since July of 2011. it is funny how I had to do all the leg work for this department, just to get a lovely letter saying that i was not listed as the spouse on the death certificate and was not eligible as spouse. I had to laugh so hard at the fact that the state of Arizona Department Vital Records did not recognize the legal Marriage Certificate issued to my husband and myself by the Arizona Department of Vital Records. My next step is to contact the head of the vital records, and the Attorney General's to get this matter resolved.
Thank you for providing additional information to our staff. We are addressing your situation.
The Arizona Office of Vital Records issues only birth and death certificates. It does not issue marriage certificates.
To be eligible as the spouse to receive a certified copy of a death certificate, the surviving spouse must provide documentation that they were in fact married to the decedent at the time of death.
A marriage certificate alone does not provide sufficient proof that the marriage was still intact at the time of death. In this particular case the death certificate marital status must be in conflict with the applicant’s claim of being the spouse.
If the information regarding the marital status (which is provided by the informant on the death record) is in error, the applicant may file for a correction to the death record with the Office of Vital Record’s Death Registry.
If the marital status information was not in error and the applicant was at one time the spouse, but not at the time of death, the applicant must provide other documentation establishing their legal need for the death certificate (will, trust, insurance policy etc.) to be eligible to receive a copy of the record.
We’ll research further is she is willing to provide more detail. Please send the name of the decendent and the county of death to firstname.lastname@example.org and Vital Records will be in touch with you.