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Apply for a death certificate


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.

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

The death certificate can be important, for example, for:

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

You can apply for the death certificate at the responsible registry office.

  • You are the last spouse or
  • You are the last life partner within the meaning of the Act on Registered Civil Partnership or
  • You are an ancestor or descendant of the deceased person, or
  • You are a sister or brother with a legitimate interest or
  • They are part of the closer relationship, such as aunt and uncle, who can make a legal interest credible, for example by writing from the probate court.
  • You are at least 16 years old.
  • for close relatives:
    • Proof of kinship, such as
      • Birth certificate
      • Marriage certificate
      • Civil partnership certificate
    • ID card or passport
  • for siblings of the deceased person:
    • Proof of the relationship
    • Proof of legitimate interest, such as family or genealogy research
    • ID card or passport
  • in case of collection by a representative:
    • written power of attorney of the entitled person
    • their identity card or passport and
    • your own ID card or passport
  • for other persons without any family connection:
    • Proof of legal interest, such as
      • Certificate of inheritance
      • Land register excerpt
    • ID card or passport

Emission: 10,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

The 30-year deadline for the registry office to keep the death register must not have expired.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (BMI)

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