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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.
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.
After being informed about the status of the application through e-mail it usually takes 4 to 7 working days to obtain the death certificate.
Medical certificate for the cause of death
NHS Card (also known as Medical card)
Documents to prove birth details of the deceased
Driving license of the deceased
Marriage or civil partnership certificate, if required
Passport of the deceased
Document for proof of address
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