Application for the issuance of a German death certificate in the event of a death abroad Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

You can apply to the competent German registry office for the issuance of a German death certificate for a death that has occurred abroad.

You can apply to the competent German registry office for the issuance of a German death certificate for a death that has occurred abroad.

  • As the applicant, you must prove your identity (identity card, passport or copy of the identity document)
  • where appropriate, further documents are required.

Preconditions

  • the prior re-registration of the death in abroad in a German death register.
  • you can apply for a death certificate:
    • Spouse and civil partner of the deceased person
    • Ancestors and descendants of the deceased person (e.B. child, grandchild)
    • deceased person's siblings, if you have a legitimate interest, or
    • other persons if they have a legal interest
  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age.

Related Links

  • Section 61 et seq. Of civil status law (PStG)
  • Section 55 Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • They shall submit the application for the date of issue of the death certificate to the competent registry office and attach the necessary documents.
  • The registry office checks your details as well as the documents submitted by you and, if necessary, issues the death certificate.
  • The registry office will send you the death certificate by post, unless a personal collection has been agreed.
  • Fees will be paid either in advance or after delivery/ upon collection from you.

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Last update or date of publication
07.10.2020