Aspen notifies the federal government of the death. Most families get 3 to 5 death certificates if their loved one has assets. There are no free death certificates. They are currently $16 from the State. Copies can be obtained by only close relatives or those assigned to handle the estate at the Vital Records office; Gold’s Galleria (SE corner), 1033 O Street, Suite 130 in Lincoln. Take your driver’s license and payment. It takes about ½ hour. We assist any family with a paid service.