It is mandatory to apply for a death certificate and delaying the process could involve a penalty.

The primary requirements that the closest family should handle in case of a death is making sure that was registered. If a death is not registered, it could lead to several issues, including the involvement of law enforcement. When it comes to registering a death, there are a few rules that have to be followed.

A death can be reported and registered by the head of the family, in case it occurs in a house while the same process can be handled by the medical practitioner in-charge if it occurs in a hospital, or the jail in-charge, in prison, and the headman of the village or the head of the local police station in case the body is found deserted. While these are the ideal people who should be applying for the death certificate, anyone can register a death, on behalf of a deceased individual.

The circumstances of the death have to be taken into consideration before providing the certificate, and there would be teams who would go through everything that happened and make sure there was no foul play. If suspicious circumstances were surrounding the death, there would be an investigation and only after clearing it, would a proper death certificate be provided. In many instances, an investigation implies that the last rites have to be put on hold until it has been properly closed.

What is the process of applying for a death certificate?

To apply for a death certificate, the death of the individual has to be registered. The registration process has to be completed in 21 days of its occurrence or less with the concerned local authorities. There is a list of forms, provided by the Registrar, that have to be filling and submitted, along with a few documents giving information about the address and identity of the deceased and applicant. After the verification of all the information provided, they will issue the death certificate to the candidate. In most cases, they do not allow a random person to go through the process, and the applicant has to be a close relative of the deceased person.

If they do not register the death within 21 days of its occurrence, there would be an additional layer of paperwork needed, including permission from the Registrar or Area Magistrate, along with the fee prescribed in case of late registration, is required.

The application form to apply for the death certificate are available with the area’s local body authorities, or the Registrar who maintains the Register of Deaths. Some of the documents that might need to be provided by the applicant include proof of birth of the deceased, an affidavit specifying the date and time of death, a copy of the ration card, and the required fee in the form of court fee stamps.

To hasten this process the applicant can now apply for a death certificate online as well, and upload this information to the website without the hassle of leaving their house. Other than a death certificate, you can apply for other documents such as a marriage certificate, ration card, employment card, senior citizen card, and so on.


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