How to Apply for Death Certificate – Detailed Guidance for You

 Death Certificate is a document, which is given by the medical personnel after a person has been deceased. Once the person is declared dead, this certificate is issued with the details like Name, Date and Time, when the person has passed away. These information are later entered in the official register of deaths. This document should be produced during the time of burial or cremation process. Only after providing the certificate issued by the government, they perform the cremation services. In addition to the Name, Date and Time, this certificate also mentions the reason for death. Government uses this certificate to keep record of the cause of death and if many people are dying due to any disease, they can take some preventive actions. Including this, registering for birth and death certificate, helps the government to keep a record on the country’s population.

In this article, we are going to discuss about the step by step procedure involved in getting the death certificate. This certificate should be applied for within 21 days of the person’s death.

Step by Step Procedure for Applying for a Death Certificate: 

Step 1: Initially you have to fill in the form in the municipal office, with the document from the medical personnel stating the Date, Time and Cause of Death. 

Step 2: Provide correct information of the deceased person like Name, Date of Birth, Education, Marital Status, Cause of Death, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name and Spouse Name, if married. 

Step 3: Once the details has been filled, all the entered details should be verified for its credibility. 

Step 4: When you provide the details, you will receive the death certificate within few days after the verification process. 

Step 5: Make sure that your death certificate is signed by the authorized personnel, since you will be needing them when you are trying to claim insurance or your property. The more copy you make, the more it will be useful for official purposes. You will need to make a payment for each and every copy your requesting. 

Step 6: Make sure you apply for the death certificate within 21 days, if you are applying after 21 days, then you will have to pay a fine of INR 25 to the medical officer, for providing the certificate. 

Step 7: Anytime after 30 days, you will have to pay a fine of INR 50 and certificate will be provided by the Joint Director of Statistics. However, you have to produce affidavit as well. 

Step 8: Including the offline method, government has also introduced a way to retrieve the death certificate, if lost. You can download and print the certificate online if you know the registration number and other personal details of the deceased. 

Since death certificate is one of the most essential document, which is also required in many official purposes, it is better if you can get the certificate within the specified period of time.

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