It was a couple days after he passed away before I received a copy of the death certificate. I received it from the funeral home director. I thought I would have to pick it up from the court house or in would be mailed.
Many places needed a copy of the death certificate mailed or dropped off. The funeral home director made me multiple copies. I was told that the more you buy at a time, the cheaper they are. I think the director made me twelve copies. Many places/businesses made a photocopy and gave the original back to me.
I still keep a copy in my purse because I never know who will need it.
I was told by another widow that she needed to bring her husband's certificate three years later when she went to change the account name at the TV company. I guess it's another thing to file in the safe.