What is a death certificate
A death certificate is a legal document issued by the government to the nearest relative of the deceased, stating the date, fact, and cause of death. The death has to be reported within 21 days and has to be registered at the registrar concerned as under The Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1966. Any delay in registration can be condoned with a payment of nominal late fees or upon prior permission of the registrar along with an affidavit from a notary public.
Why do you need a death certificate?
A death certificate is majorly required as proof for legal purposes. Some of it includes the inheritance of property, insurance claims, pension settlements, claiming life insurance, settling estate matters, and for the purpose of future marriage.
The death has to be reported and registered by the head of the family of the deceased or by a medical-in-charge if death occurs in a hospital or by the jail-in-charge if it occurs in jail.
To avail death certificate, a prescribed form has to be filled and certain documents have to be submitted to the registrar.
After proper verification by the registrar, a death certificate is then issued. Delay in reporting the death to a registrar can be condoned by paying late fee charges.
A death certificate is issued within 7 to 10 working days from the date of application of death certificate is submitted.
Affidavit specifying the date and time of death
Birth certificate of the deceased (for the proof of age)
Address proof of the deceased
Copy of Ration Card.
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