Since the year 1919 the birth and death records began in a state-wide level in Georgia. These records are transferred to the Georgia Department of Public Health Vital records section such that to clearly define the cause of death and to ensure that the deceased will not continue to “live” by voting for elections or collecting payment such as Social Security.
The state of Georgia can provide the public the death certificate with no restriction. These documents are filed in the county where death occurred. Because these certificates are open to the public, anyone can request and obtain these documents from the Georgia Department of Public Health Vital records. In order to get hold of a death certificate, the following information must be given: full name of deceased, date of death, place of death, age of deceased, sex, race, relationship to the deceased and the number of copies being requested. For death records dated earlier than 1919 in Atlanta or Savannah or other cities or counties, write to the Vital Records Office in county where event occurred.
The payment of the copy of death certificate costs $10 each for the original copy and $5 each additional copy. The fees are non-refundable. You may pay with a certified check or money order.
It’s faster and cheaper to search death records online, where you can search in private from the comfort of your home. This way you can get a refund if the records are not found. There is still a fee, but you can get a refund unlike when obtaining records from the vital statistics office where refund are not granted.