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Application for issuance of a German death certificate in case of death abroad

You can apply for the issue of a German death certificate for a death that occurred abroad at the competent German registry office.

Process flow

  • You submit the application for issuance of the death certificate to the competent registry office and enclose the required documents.
  • The registry office will check your details and the documents you have submitted and, if necessary, issue the death certificate.
  • The registry office will send you the death certificate by mail, unless a personal pickup has been arranged.
  • The fees are paid by you either in advance or after sending / upon collection.

Competent authority

You submit the application to the registry office that subsequently recorded the death that occurred abroad in the death register kept by it.


  • the prior subsequent certification of the death occurring abroad in a German death register.
  • An application for the issuance of a death certificate can be made by:
    • spouses and partners of the deceased person
    • ancestors and descendants of the deceased person (e.g. child, grandchild)
    • Siblings of the deceased person, if you can prove a legitimate interest, or
    • other persons, if they show a credible legal interest.
  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age.

Which documents are required?

  • As the applicant, you must prove your identity (ID card, passport or copy of ID document).
  • if necessary, the presentation of other documents is required.

What are the fees?

Fee: 15,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Issue of a death certificate

Fee: 7,50 EUR
Payment in advance: No
for each additional copy, if requested at the same time as the first copy

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The period of 30 years for keeping the death register by the registry office must not have expired .

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Professionally released on



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competent Bodies

Stadt Papenburg - Bürgerdienste Allgemein
Address: Friederikenstr. 11, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-500
Online appointment: to the online appointment
Building Access
payment methods:
EC Card Payment, Cash Payment

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)