When I meet with a client who needs assistance with settling a loved one's estate, a common question I'm asked is how many death certificates should be requested. Because just about every institution that the deceased person dealt with will need to see a death certificate - and many will require an original certificate and not just a copy - I recommend that at least 15 should be ordered. This should be plenty and hopefully leave a few to spare. Another tip that I learned from a client - always keep an original death certificate in your wallet so that you can produce it when asked. This will save you time and cut down on the frustration you will certainly feel when settling your loved one's final affairs.