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Schleswig-Holstein

Apply for a death certificate for a family member

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

The death certificate is a document that certifies the death of a person. Every death must be reported to the registry office in whose jurisdiction the death occurred.

You can apply for a death certificate as a family member in the event of death and have it issued after the death has been registered in the death register.

The death certificate can be important, for example, for

  • the funeral and its preparation (such as for coffining and transportation),
  • the settlement of the estate and
  • claiming statutory or private insurance benefits.

You can apply for a death certificate at the relevant registry office.


Requirements
  • You are the last spouse, or
  • You are the last civil partner within the meaning of the Registered Civil Partnership Act or
  • You are an ancestor or descendant of the deceased person or
  • You are a sister or brother with a legitimate interest or
  • You are part of the immediate family, for example aunt and uncle, who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest, for example by means of a letter from the probate court.
  • You are at least 16 years old.
Which documents are required?
  • for close relatives:
    • Proof of relationship, such as
      • birth certificate
      • marriage certificate
      • civil partnership certificate
    • Identity card or passport
  • for siblings of the deceased person:
    • Proof of the family relationship
    • Proof of legitimate interest, such as family or genealogical research
    • Identity card or passport
  • if collected by a representative:
    • written power of attorney from the authorized person
    • their identity card or passport and
    • their own identity card or passport
  • for other persons without any relationship:
    • Proof of legal interest, such as
      • certificate of inheritance
      • extract from the land register
    • Identity card or passport
What are the fees?

For Schleswig-Holstein, the fees are uniformly regulated: The issuance of a death certificate costs 15.00 euros, each additional one costs 7.50 euros.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The 30-year period for keeping the register of deaths by the registry office must not have expired.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Application for a court decision at the competent district court
Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs (BMI)

Professionally released on

24.10.2022

Requirements

  • You are the last spouse, or
  • You are the last civil partner within the meaning of the Registered Civil Partnership Act or
  • You are an ancestor or descendant of the deceased person or
  • You are a sister or brother with a legitimate interest or
  • You are part of the immediate family, for example aunt and uncle, who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest, for example by means of a letter from the probate court.
  • You are at least 16 years old.

Which documents are required?

  • for close relatives:
    • Proof of relationship, such as
      • birth certificate
      • marriage certificate
      • civil partnership certificate
    • Identity card or passport
  • for siblings of the deceased person:
    • Proof of the family relationship
    • Proof of legitimate interest, such as family or genealogical research
    • Identity card or passport
  • if collected by a representative:
    • written power of attorney from the authorized person
    • their identity card or passport and
    • their own identity card or passport
  • for other persons without any relationship:
    • Proof of legal interest, such as
      • certificate of inheritance
      • extract from the land register
    • Identity card or passport

What are the fees?

For Schleswig-Holstein, the fees are uniformly regulated: The issuance of a death certificate costs 15.00 euros, each additional one costs 7.50 euros.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The 30-year period for keeping the register of deaths by the registry office must not have expired.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Application for a court decision at the competent district court

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs (BMI)

Professionally released on

24.10.2022

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