Death certificates are a legal document that details the cause of death and the deceased’s personal information. Death certificates are typically filed with the local registrar of births and deaths. The registrar then notifies the family members of the deceased. Some of the basic uses of a death certificate as it concerns use abroad are for a Visa, Marriage and Inheritance issues.
Death certificates can only be authenticated from the State of issue. The Secretary of State does not have the authority to authenticate documents issued from another State.