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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.

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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

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

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


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