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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.

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.g. 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.

You must apply for the death certificate at the competent 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 for legitimation.
  • 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.
  • The letter 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)

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 credibly demonstrate a legal interest, 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 and
    • your own ID
  • for other people, such as close relatives:
  • Proof of legal 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: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

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, Building and Community (BMI)

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