Subsequent certification of a death abroad

Properly issued death certificates from abroad can subsequently be entered in the death register in Germany.

Properly issued death certificates from abroad are generally recognised in Germany. There is no obligation to re-notarize.
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, legalization / apostille,
  • Identity card or passport of the applicant (or a recognised replacement identity document).

Documents of the deceased:

  • Proof of marital status (e.g. by marriage certificate, divorce decree),
  • Birth certificate.
  • If the deceased is naturalized, entitled to asylum, stateless, homeless foreigner or refugee was additionally the naturalization certificate or proof of special status.

The application can be made informally.
Eligible applicants are:

  • the children,
  • the parents,
  • the spouse or partner of the deceased person, and
  • the German mission abroad in whose area of responsibility the death occurred.
  • §§ 36 Civil Status Act (PStG),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif) Tarifstelle VwGebV.

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  • PStG
  • VwGebV

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