JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US) NTIS Reinstates Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) Subscriber Certification Form #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Previously announced to the readers of this digest, the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) had required a cessation of applications for
certification for the Death Master File (DMF) access effective September 30,
2014. IAJGS was informed today by the National Technical Information
Service (NTIS) - a branch of the US Department of Commerce - that the Limited
Access Death Master File (LADMF) Subscriber Certification Form, OMB Control
Number 0692-0013, has been reinstated effective 12/17/2014.

(For full discussion on this issue see IAJGS Records Access alerts: November
5, 2014 September 30, 2014 and September 18, 2014*).

If you are already certified by the NTIS you do not need to recertify now.

If you are interested in applying for certification the form is available
for download at along with instructions for filling
out the form and the Subscriber Agreement or Licensee Agreement. Those who
are not certified and wish to receive the LADMF through the NTIS Temporary
Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File under the Interim
Final Rule (15 CFR Part 1110; 79 Fed. Reg. 16668, 3/26/2014), may now apply
for certification to receive it. To do so you must pay the $200
certification fee and fully fill out, sign and submit the Limited Access DMF
Certification Form. You will also be required to sign and submit a
Subscriber Agreement or Licensee Agreement.

If the instructions for filling out the form and choosing the appropriate
agreement don't fully answer your questions, you may also call the NTIS
Customer Contact Center at 1-800-553-6847.

The $200 certification fee does not provide access to the restricted DMF. It
is only for certification. There is another fee for accessing the actual
restricted Death Master File. For those considering certification in order
to access the restricted Death Master File I strongly encourage you to read
the article by Dee Dee King (see below), the first forensic genealogist to
be certified. Not only is the access to the information very costly, the
restricted database no longer provides many of the data elements we were
used to in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - the commercial version of
the DMF - nor does it have a search engine that the genealogical firms used
that facilitated the search.

Dee Dee's article :

Original url:

IAJGS replied to the proposed OMB Paperwork Reduction Act about these issues
and the November 5 IAJGS Records Access Alert includes the NTIS response.
The genealogical community under the Records Preservation and Access
Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is a sponsoring member, is following this
and plans to address in it 2015.

*If you want full details of the postings please go to the Records Access
Alert and access the archives- You must be
a registered subscriber to access the archives. To register go to: and follow
the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which
JGS/JHS/SIG/JewishGen is your affiliation You will receive an email
response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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