Death Certificate-India

Death Certificate-India

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Our Death Certificate service construe a through compilation of all the required documents and coordinate with the concerned medical authorities to ensure you receive a valid and authentic death certificate within the stipulated time. A death certificate is an important official document that serves various purposes including the official declaration of the time of death, location of death, cause of death, and other details regarding the deceased. It is also made mandatory by the Government of India to register for the death certificate within 21 days of its occurrence, under the Register of Births and Deaths Act, 1969. The death certificate relieves the deceased from all the legal, official, and social obligations while enabling authority to the family members for awarding insurance, property inheritance, and other family issues.  

We at LSC take sensitive matters in a delicate way. It is at this moment of your life when you have lost your loved one. Obtaining a Death Certificate of the departed should not be a hassle, and we make sure that you are not entangled with all the government procedure when you are already aggrieved by the loss. Let us handle this, so you share this delicate moment with your family. 



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The death certificate is one of the most relevant documents for the settlement of property inheritance. Whereas benefits such as receiving insurance and pension by the family members require a death certificate. The application for a death certificate can be done both online and offline. It acquires a minimum period of 5-10 days from the date of application for such a certificate. 

Under this service, we provide you with our qualified and experienced lawyers, who can navigate you from applying for a Death Certificate to receiving a certified copy of the certificate. They will assist and guide you with all the queries relating to the application of the required documents with the concerned authorities. The benefits availed by purchasing this service can ensure a smooth and hassle-free application of the death certificate. 

Since one of the major challenges that involve analysis relating to mortality in India is the lack of comprehensive information. In India, not all deaths are recorded/registered. The provision to record deaths in India is classified under the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), introduced under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969. As per the reports of the Vital Statistics of India Report, the estimated number of deaths recorded in 2017 was around 80 lakhs. The first step includes the registration of death followed by identifying the cause of death ensuring comprehensive data regarding the deaths is available in the country. The Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 also provides for provisions related to the Medical Certificate of the cause of death [Section 10 (2), Section 10 (3)]. The inconsistencies in recording the death in India vary due to lower registration of death than the estimated. 

The Standard/General step involves:

  1. The application for a death certificate has to be obtained by the concerned State Civic Authorities.
  2. The form has to be filled out by any member of the family of the deceased with all the relevant details, such an application must be fulfilled within 21 days of the death of the deceased.
  3. Along with the prescribed form documentary evidence of death should also be attached.
  4. The application form along with the declaration needs to be furnished at the Registrar’s office. 
  5. After verification, details of such death will be updated correspondingly to the concerned state death records.

Basic documents required include:

  • Residential proof (Electricity Bill, Passport copy, Utility bills)
  • Id proof  (Aadhar Card, Voter ID, Ration Card) 
  • Proof of Birth ( of the deceased)
  • Application stating the cause of death 
  • Affidavit (specifying date and time of death)
  • Proof of death (medical certificate by doctor/hospital, crematorium receipt)

What Shall You Obtain?

The process is undertaken by highly qualified legal practitioners and therefore shall be with a bona fide intent. After the death certificate registration is completed, the customer shall be given a complete copy of the death certificate along with the certified supporting documents for each activity undertaken.

Duration Until Completion

After the completion of the process in accordance with the Act. You will receive a registered Death Certificate along with the certified supporting documents. The timeframe for acquiring a death certificate is approximately 5 days to 10 days to receive it from the date of application.* 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who can apply for a death certificate?

Any person who is a close family member of the deceased, legal representative of the deceased can apply for a death certificate.

How long does it take to acquire a death certificate?

The timeframe of acquiring a death certificate can take upto one day to a week only after the applicant registers the death within 21 days occurring. 

Are the death certificates recorded?

Death certificates are legal documents which can be recorded at a civic administration office having jurisdiction.   

Why might one need a certified copy of a death certificate?

Recording of death has been made mandatory by the Government, it is a necessary legal document when one has to settle with property inheritance as well as for claiming a pension and other benefits such as insurance.

Why should one avail for this service?

Under this service, we navigate you through the entire process of acquiring a death certificate by providing you with our efficient Advocates to assist your queries while making the entire process hassle-free.

Where can one apply for a death certificate?

A death certificate can be applied both online and offline, by registering to the concerned state depending on the occurrence of death.

What is the period of limitation on applying for a death certificate?

A death certificate must be registered within 21 days of the occurrence. Failing which the required registrar must be approached, a late fee will be applicable to issue a death certificate.

How many copies can one obtain while applying for a death certificate?

There is no such limitation on the number of copies the applicant can obtain for a death certificate.

Can one get a certified copy in English translation?

Yes, a certified copy of the death certificate can be obtained in English translation from the office of the Chief Registrar on the submission of original documents.

*The timelines mentioned are on an approximate basis and may vary on a real-time basis.
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