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Apply for a death certificate

Description

The death certificate is a document that certifies the death of a person.

Any death must be reported to the registry office in whose jurisdiction the death occurred.

The death certificate is an important document that you can apply for as a relative in the event of death.

You can apply for a death certificate as soon as the death has been recorded in the death register.

Important is the death certificate for, for example:

  • the burial and its preparation (e.e. for the burial and transfer) as well as
  • the settlement of the estate
  • the use of statutory or private insurance benefits.

You can apply for a death certificate in person, in writing or electronically at the responsible registry office.

In the event of death, you as a relative of the deceased can apply for a death certificate.

You can apply for the death certificate at the responsible registry office in person, in writing or electronically.

Personal application:

  • Go to your local registry office during opening hours to apply for a death certificate.
  • You must present your identity card or passport in advance for legitimation.
  • As a rule, you pay the fee when applying at the registry office.
  • You can also apply for the death certificate by a person you trust and have it picked up. In addition to a written power of attorney, this person must present their own identity card or passport (original or certified copy).

Application by post, fax or e-mail:

  • Send the competent registry office an informal application for a death certificate by post, fax or e-mail.
  • Your letter should respond to your eligibility to apply.
  • They must contain the following information about the deceased person:
    • Surname, first name
    • Date and place of birth
    • Date and place of death
    • where applicable, details of the spouse of the deceased
    • Registry office and notarization number (if known)
  • By sending the certificate, you will receive a fee notice.

The registry office that certified the death.

An application for a death certificate can be submitted:

  • the last spouse,
  • the last life partner within the meaning of the Act on Registered Partnerships,
  • ancestors and descendants of the deceased person, or
  • siblings with legitimate interest,
  • closer relatives, such as
    • Aunts and uncles who can make a legal interest credible, for example by writing to the probate court.

When applying, you must submit:

  • Identity card or passport
  • Proof of kinship, such as
    • birth certificate
    • marriage certificate
    • Civil partnership certificate
  • when picked up by a representative:
    • written power of attorney of the authorized person,
    • their identity card in original or certified copy and
    • your own ID
  • for other people, such as close relatives:
    • Proof of legitimate interest, such as
      • Certificate of inheritance
      • Excerpt from the land register
  • for the first copy of the death certificate: depending on the federal state between EUR 10.00 and EUR 14.00
  • for further copies of the death certificate, the fee is halved in most cases
  • for the issuance of a death certificate for the statutory pension insurance or for the social welfare office: none

Emission: 10,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

  • for the processing of the application: usually 1 week
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: no

hint:
As a rule, applications can be submitted via the website of the responsible registry office.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI)

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