Update your process
I need to get a genealogical copy of my mother's death certificate(as required for application into Daughter's of the American Revolution and Daughter's of the Confederacy). In these days of identity theft, I am not comfortable in mailing protected personal information (i.e. copy of my driver's license and birth certificate. PPI, most states and companies go to great measures to protect such data.
I was told I didn't have to mail the documents if I had your form notarized, which I did. My driver's license and birth certificate was presented and verified by the notary.
I receive a letter from your dept stating the request was denied because I didn't include documents. What is the purpose of having your form notarized, if I have to include the documents anyway(other than cost me unnecessary time and money). You are concerned about my dead family members information, but not concerned with protecting the personal information of a living person?
Also, why is that ordering through vitalcheck does not require any such documentation?
When I called back today, then I was also told I couldn't get a copy of genealogical DC because my mother needed to be dead 50 years. Your requirements states "A person who is a family member, including a niece or nephew, of a registrant, who is conducting research for genealogical purposes may request a noncertified copy of the registrant’s death certificate" Immediate/close family members would ineligible as they will most likely be dead by then as well.
I have never seen such requirements for a public record.
There is nothing in my mother's estate or liabilities that requires a certified copy of a DC. All that is needed is proof of relationship for membership into genealogical societies.