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In India, it is necessary to register the death of every person with the state’s Registrar as per the rules of Registration of Birth & Death Act, 1969. The death certificate can be obtained thereafter.
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A death certificate is an official document which declares the cause, date and place of a person’s death along with some other personal information of the deceased. It is signed by a doctor and issued by the Government. It can only be obtained after the registration of death.
How to Register a Death?
A death can be reported and registered by different personnel depending on the place of occurrence. Responsible individual as per the place of occurrence is as follows:
If it occurs in a house, the head of the family should report it
If it occurs in a hospital, the medical in-charge should report it
if it occurs in a jail, the jail in-charge should report it
in case the body is found deserted in an area, it should be reported by the headman of the village or the in-charge of the local police station
It is mandatory to register the death before applying for a Death Certificate. The death has to be registered within 21 days of its occurrence with the concerned local authorities, by filling up the forms prescribed by the Registrar. The certificate is then issued after proper verification.
Permission from the Registrar/Area Magistrate, along with the fee prescribed in case of late registration, is required if the death is not registered within 21 days of its occurrence.
The application form in which you are required to apply is usually available with the area's local body authorities, or with the Registrar who maintains the Register of Deaths.
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In India, while some of the states have made the process of registration of death easier by allowing it to be done online i.e. by electronic uploading of documents, several other states till require physical submission of documents. In New Delhi and Chandigarh, the hospitals have been given the power to issue online death certificates which can be obtained by the family of the deceased, without having to physically visit the hospital. The death certificate can be obtained online via this Civil Registration System in India official website. Following is the procedure of registering death online:
Step 1: To report a domiciliary events (within normal reporting period i.e. 21 days), fill up the mandatory information to register yourself for reporting of an event through the following link.
Step 2: After successful login, users need to fill the complete birth/death reporting form (both legal as well as statistical portion) to the best of their knowledge and belief
Step 3: Get the print out of the application and forward to the concerned Registrar BY HAND at the given address
Step 4: The users will be informed about the status of the application through e-mail immediately after receipt of the application by the concerned registrar.
However, the online access of a death certificate cannot be availed in case of a delay, that is beyond 21 days of the date of occurrence of death. In such a case, a registration form has to be physically obtained from the Registrar’s office along with necessary documents and late fee.
What documents are needed to register a death?
The medical certificate of the cause of death
NHS Card (also known as the medical card)
Birth certificate of the deceased
Driving license of the deceased (if any)
Marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
Passport of the deceased
Proof of address (e.g. utility bills)
Date and place of the death
The address of the deceased
The full names (including the maiden name of a married woman). Any former married name or other names by which the deceased was known.
Details of their wife or husband or civil partner
Whether he/she had any Government pension or other benefits
The documents required by the Registrar in a State to obtain the death certificate of an individual are as follows:
A proof relating to the birth and age of the deceased - For example the birth certificate, matriculation certificate, PAN Card, Voter ID Card, etc.
An affidavit specifying the date and time of death.
Proof of death - For example the crematorium receipt, hospital letter, etc.
A copy of the ration card of the deceased.
The required fee in the form of court fee stamps.
Address proof of the deceased - For example electricity bills, water bills, etc.
Additionally, the person who wants to obtain a death certificate from the Registrar may also be required to give evidence of his relation with the deceased, his complete address and proof of nationality.
Form 2 i.e. the Death Report to be filled up by the applicant
Authorisation letter in case of an authorised person with Photo ID, PAN Card, etc.
However, one might be asked for all or only some of these documents by the Registrar in the State before issuing a death certificate.
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 Registration of Birth & Death Act, 1969: An Act to provide for the regulation of registration of births and deaths
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