Death of Germans without domestic residence abroad Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If a German or a German who has no fixed residence in Germany dies abroad, you can have the death certificate subsequently certified at the competent German registry office.

A death that has occurred abroad can also be registered in a German death register, i.e. registered, at your request. The so-called post-registration also applies to Germans who died abroad who did not reside in Germany.

With the post-assessment, an entry in a German death register is made in addition to the registration abroad, i.e. in addition to the entry in the death register of the country in which the death occurs.

You can apply for post-registration with the competent German registry office under certain conditions.

For the information to be included in the death record, you must provide the necessary documents or other documents that you have.

In particular, the following documents are required:

  • Your identity card/passport as an applicant
  • foreign death certificate of the deceased person (if necessary with translation and certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalization by the German diplomatic mission; possibly the presentation of a multilingual form is sufficient)
  • the marriage or civil partnership certificate of the deceased person's last marriage or civil partnership and proof of their dissolution,
  • the birth certificate of the deceased person,
  • proof of the deceased person's last residence
  • in the case of naturalised citizens: naturalisation certificate


  • the death has occurred abroad
  • Eligible to apply
    • the parents of a child deceased abroad, the deceased person's child and spouse sororities or civil partners
    • P sones who may assert a legal interest in the certificate against the registry office

Related Links

  • Section 36 Civil Status Act (PStG)

You can apply for a post-certificate of death at the competent German registry office.

  • Contact the relevant German registry office in writing, by telephone or in person, describe your concerns and ask for the documents to be submitted by you.
  • Submit the request for re-examination and attach the required documents.
  • The registry office checks your details and the evidence you provide and, if necessary, makes the post-moronofinformation of the death.
  • You have the option of applying for a German death certificate to the same registry office for a fee.

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