Other jurisdictions take a different view, and restrict the issue of certificates.
For example, in the State of New York, death certificates are only obtainable by close relatives, including the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased, and other persons who have a documented lawful right or claim, documented medical need, or a New York State Court Order.
Beginning in 1879, a doctor’s certificate was necessary for the issuance of a death certificate (prior to that, no cause of death needed to be given).
The form of indexing and the layout of register pages generally follows that of England and Wales.
Registration in the UK is organised separately in the constituent jurisdictions.
A register of deaths contains the information supplied by an informant, nowadays usually containing and repeating the information given in a Medical Certificate of Death (MCOD) supplied by the medical practitioner who certifies that life is extinct, this being the real "death certificate" distinct from the "registration of a death" in a register.
Current (2011) registrations show the date of birth.
Each governmental jurisdiction prescribes the form of the document for use in its preview and the procedures necessary to legally produce it.Unlike England and Wales, information is not limited to being supplied in the form of certified copies; original register pages (or filmed images) can be viewed in person at local register offices or at the General Register Office in Edinburgh, online (fees apply) on the Scotlands People website or in microfilms (1855-1875, 1881, 1891) available at family history centres operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.These jurisdictions do not form part of the United Kingdom and each has its own registration system.The failure of a physician to immediately submit the required form to the government (to trigger issuance of the death certificate) is often both a crime and cause for loss of one's license to practice.This is because of past scandals in which dead people continued to receive public benefits or voted in elections.