- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state of South Carolina has been limiting the number of death certificates that can be issued for each person to five, after the company that made the special certificate paper unexpectedly closed.

The new limit has been in place since mid-July because Sekuworks, the Harrison, Ohio-based company that made the paper, closed in June, The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1VXCGA0) reported.

Pamela Amos, general manager at McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes in Mount Pleasant, said the limit has been proving difficult for families, since many need more to settle various accounts.

“Most families need at least 10,” Amos said. “It’s causing a major issue for a lot of families.”

Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Cassandra Harris said the state awarded a new contract for certificate paper on July 14 and will begin processing back orders soon.

“It is anticipated that we will have a new supply of security paper by the end of next week,” Harris said.

The state’s death certificates are created on security paper that uses an anti-counterfeiting printing technique also used on currency.

Casey Ward, a funeral director in Loris who is also vice president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, said it’s important that families can get the number of death certificates they need.

“You need them for each insurance policy, and for any banking or retirement accounts, and for titles and deeds,” Ward said. “If they can only get five, it can put things at a standstill.”

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com


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