DoD Knowledge Base: FAQs

Where do I go to get a death certificate for someone killed in Iraq or Afghanistan?
Published: 02/14/2005 | Updated:  08/05/2014
Where do I go to get a death certificate for someone killed in Iraq/Afghanistan?
First, if you are asking because you have lost a loved one, please accept our deep and sincere condolences. We hope that the following information may prove helpful. The Armed Forces Medical Examiners Office issues death certificates. Family Members of military personnel may go through their servicemember's chain of command to obtain a certificate. Survivors of contractors who are killed supporting the fight against the global war on terrorism may go to the contractor personnel office. There is a waiting period due to the fact that the officials want to be absolutely sure that the remains are properly identified.