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Apply for a death certificate

Description

The death certificate is a document that certifies the death of a person. Every death must be reported to the registry office in whose jurisdiction the death occurred.

You can apply for a death certificate as a family member in the event of death and have it issued after the death has been registered in the death register.

The death certificate can be important, for example, for

  • the funeral and its preparation (such as for coffining and transportation),
  • the settlement of the estate and
  • claiming statutory or private insurance benefits.

You can apply for a death certificate at the relevant registry office.

  • You are the last spouse, or
  • You are the last civil partner within the meaning of the Registered Civil Partnership Act or
  • You are an ancestor or descendant of the deceased person or
  • You are a sister or brother with a legitimate interest or
  • You are part of the immediate family, for example aunt and uncle, who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest, for example by means of a letter from the probate court.
  • You are at least 16 years old.
  • for close relatives:
    • Proof of relationship, such as
      • birth certificate
      • marriage certificate
      • civil partnership certificate
    • Identity card or passport
  • for siblings of the deceased person:
    • Proof of the family relationship
    • Proof of legitimate interest, such as family or genealogical research
    • Identity card or passport
  • if collected by a representative:
    • written power of attorney from the authorized person
    • their identity card or passport and
    • their own identity card or passport
  • for other persons without any relationship:
    • Proof of legal interest, such as
      • certificate of inheritance
      • extract from the land register
    • Identity card or passport

The 30-year period for keeping the register of deaths by the registry office must not have expired.

Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs (BMI)

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And Ministry of the Interior and Sport

24.10.2022;10.09.2020

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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