The process of completing and filing the death certificate can take one to two weeks. Filing the death certificate and securing the burial-transit permit is performed by a funeral director working with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) Body Donation Program. WMed does not provide copies of death certificates. Certified copies of the death certificate may be obtained at either the city or county clerk's office in the area where the death occurred between a week and two weeks after the date of death.