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Apply for a death certificate


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)


And Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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