42 CFR 102.53 - Documentation a survivor must submit to be deemed eligible by the Secretary.
A requester who is a survivor must submit the following documentation in order to be deemed eligible by the Secretary:
(a) A completed (to the fullest extent possible) and signed Request Form;
(b) All of the documentation required in:
(1) Section 102.51(a)(2)-(4) (documentation requirements for smallpox vaccine recipients), in the case of a deceased smallpox vaccine recipient. The survivor requester may submit a certification, as described in § 102.51(b) in the place of the documentation described in § 102.51(a)(2) (documentation concerning a vaccine recipient's participation in, and receipt of the smallpox vaccine under, an approved smallpox emergency response plan); or
(c) A death certificate for the deceased smallpox vaccine recipient or vaccinia contact. If a death certificate is unavailable, the requester must submit a letter providing the reasons for its unavailability. The Secretary has the discretion to accept other documentation as evidence that the smallpox recipient or vaccinia contact is deceased;
(d) Medical records sufficient to demonstrate that the deceased smallpox vaccine recipient or vaccinia contact died as the result of the covered injury. Such medical records may be the same as those required under § 102.50. If an autopsy was performed on the deceased smallpox vaccine recipient or vaccinia contact, the requester must submit a complete copy of the final autopsy report.
(e) Documentation showing that the requester is an eligible survivor, pursuant to § 102.11 (e.g., birth certificate or marriage certificate); and
(f) A certification, on the place provided on the Request Form, either that there are no other eligible survivors (e.g., for surviving eligible children, a certification that there is no surviving spouse, no other surviving eligible children, and no other surviving dependents younger than the age of 18 who may be eligible for the death benefit under the alternative calculation) or that other eligible survivors exist (along with the information known about such survivors). Section 102.11 lists eligible survivors and the priorities of survivorship.