COMPLETE GUIDE ON HOW TO OBTAIN A DEATH CERTIFICATE
WHAT IS A DEATH CERTIFICATE?
A death certificate is an official document that register’s a person’s death and is essential to establish the fact of death legally. Under the Registration of Births and deaths act, 1969, it became mandatory to register deaths. The death certificate is used to enable settlement of property inheritance, and also for the family to be able to collect insurance and other benefits or legal claims.
SOME FEATURES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE
It specifies the date and time of death.
The cause of death is equally important but is not disclosed.
The death certificate is required for relieving the deceased from social, legal, and official obligations.
The law states that the death of a person needs to be reported within 21 days of occurrence.
WHY IS A DEATH CERTIFICATE REQUIRED?
Legalize the death of a person
Obtain insurance credits
Administrative and legal functions
Helps the government to record the number of deaths per year
Helps in medical research to know more about the mortality rate and pattern.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THE DEATH CERTIFICATE
Proof of birth of the deceased is essential and must be submitted to the registrar
An affidavit mentioning the date and time of the death
Required fee in the form of court stamps
A copy of the ration card
Completely filled application form
The person who has applied for the death certificate of a known one must provide the evidence of their relationship and his/her complete address proof.
WHERE CAN ONE GET THE APPLICATION FORM?
The application form is available both offline and online. In some states like Chandigarh and New Delhi, the hospitals have offered the facility to issue online death certificates. The family of the deceased can obtain death certificates without the need to visit the hospital physically. This online facility is very convenient, keeping in mind the situation of the family of the deceased.
One can obtain the application form from http://crsorgi.gov.in.
A print out of this form needs to be taken out and should be completely filled. The form must be submitted to the local registrar’s office. The process has been made easier as documents required can be uploaded. Some states require additional information like proof from the crematorium.
WHAT IF YOU MISS THE REGISTRATION WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME?
Any delay in reporting the death, after 21 days but before 30 days, can be condoned by the payment of a nominal late fee.
However, if the delay is of more than 30 days, it would need the following for a death certificate to be issued:
The written permission of the registrar
An affidavit from a notary public within one year of the occurrence of death
The person who has approached the registrar needs to furnish the documents that are required and clearly specify and give evidence of his/her relationship with the deceased.
It is compulsory to register the death of your close ones or any family member by following the application procedure.
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