Death abroad Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Properly issued death certificates from abroad are generally recognised in Germany. There is no obligation to provide post-approval. However, the subsequent entry in the death register can be advantageous, because the local registry office can then issue you with a German death certificate. Any translations and certifications of the foreign death certificate will therefore be omitted in the future.

foreign death certificate with translation, if necessary with legalisation/apostille Identity card or passport of the applicant (or a recognised replacement personnel document) Documents of the deceased: Proof of marital status (e.g. by marriage certificate, divorce judgment) Birth certificate If the deceased was naturalized, entitled to asylum, stateless, homeless foreigner or refugee in addition: Naturalization certificate or proof of special status In addition, further documents may be required please inquire about this in advance at the registry office.


Preconditions
Post-mortly proof of death is possible for: German nationals Stateless, homeless foreigners or foreign refugees with habitual residence in Germany Eligible applicants are: the children, the parents, the spouse or civil partner of the deceased person and the German diplomatic mission, which is responsible for the death.
For details on the modalities and documents that the registry office needs from you in detail, please ask in advance by telephone. Assemble the necessary documents and visit the registry office. The registrar or registrar checks whether it is possible to be procured by a German registry office. If the conditions are met, the registration in the death register can take place. If necessary, the registry office will issue you with a death certificate after registration has been made.

Responsible for the content
Federal Ministry of the Interior/Hessian Ministry of the Interior and sport

Last update or date of publication
05.01.2017