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In India, it is mandatory under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 to register every death with the concerned State/UT Government within 21 days of its occurrence. A death can be reported and registered by the head of the family, in case it occurs in a house, by the medical in-charge if it occurs in a hospital, by the jail in-charge if it occurs in a jail, and by the headman of the village or the in-charge of the local police station in case the body is found deserted in that area. It is important to obtain heir-ship certificate, to claim family pension, insurance and other benefit which may be obtained from the deceased person.

To apply for a Death Certificate, you must first register the death. The death has to be registered with the concerned local authorities within 21 days of its occurrence, by filling up the form prescribed by the Registrar. Death Certificate is then issued after proper verification. For Non-Institutional Death incidents, a field verification will be conducted by the Health Inspector to verify the details given by the citizen. In case the death has not been registered within 1 Year of its occurrence, the certificate is issued after RDO approval.

Modalities for Section 12 Death Certificate

Type of Death Registration Documents Required Fees Issued Within
Death Registration within 21 Days Death Report provided in the system No Fee 3 Days
Death Registration from 22 to 30 Days

1. Death Report provided in the system

2. Condonation Letter addressed to HO with Court fee Stamp of Re.5

3. Copy of following documents of the Deceased attested by Gazetted officer:

  • School Certificate
  • Ration Card
  • Voters Identity Card
Late Fee of Rs. 5 3 Days
Death Registration from 31 Days to 1 Year

1. Death Report provided in the system

2. Condonation Letter addressed to HO with Court fee Stamp of Re.5

3. Letter from Religious institution for Christians and Muslims mentioning Place of Death, Date of Death

4. Notarized affidavit regarding death

5. Copy of following documents of the Deceased attested by Gazetted officer:

  • School Certificate
  • Ration Card
  • Voters Identity Card
Late Fee of Rs. 5 5 Days
Death registration after one year

1. Death Report provided in the system

2. Condonation Letter addressed to HO with Court fee Stamp of Re.5

3. Letter from Religious institution for Christians and Muslims mentioning Place of Death, Date of Death

4. Notarized affidavit regarding the Death and Address of Deceased at time of Death in a Stamp Paper of Rs.100

5. 2 Affidavits from contemporaries of deceased including copies of following documents of the Witness:

  • Voters Identity Card

6. Copy of following documents of the Deceased attested by Gazetted officer:

  • School Certificate
  • Ration Card
  • Voters Identity Card
Late Fee of Rs. 10 7 Days
Application for Death Certificate

1. Application Form as given in the system

2. Rs. 10 Stamp Paper in Applicant's name

Rs. 10 5 Days