Death: Death abroad - subsequent certification in a German death register Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If a person with German nationality has died abroad, an application for a subsequent authentication in the German register of deaths can be submitted to the registry office. The time of death is decisive for the possession of German nationality, i.e. the deceased person must have been German at the time of death.

The application can also be filed if the person had the status of a stateless person, a homeless foreigner or a foreign refugee within the meaning of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees having their habitual residence in Germany.

  • In principle, the same documents must be submitted as for the registration of a death in Germany.,

    The following documents are also required:

    • Identity card/passport of the applicant
    • Foreign death certificate with translation and if necessary, with authentication by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalisation by the German mission abroad
    • the marriage or civil partnership certificate of the last marriage or civil partnership and, where applicable, proof of its dissolution
    • the birth certificate,
    • proof of the last residence of the deceased
    • For naturalised persons, persons entitled to asylum, stateless persons, homeless foreigners and recognised foreign refugees, the naturalisation certificate or proof of special status must also be submitted.

    It may be necessary to submit further documents.

    The registry office will be happy to advise you.


The competent authority is the registry office in whose jurisdiction the person who died abroad has or had his or her (last) residence or habitual abode.

If the deceased person had no residence or habitual abode in Germany, the registry office in whose jurisdiction the applicant has or had his or her residence or habitual abode is competent.

If this does not result in jurisdiction, the registry office I in Berlin is responsible.

  • ยง 36 Personenstandsgesetz (PStG)

A consultation before application is required.

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