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FAQ - Death Certificate

The phrase death certificate can describe either a document issued by a medical practitioner certifying the deceased state of a person or popularly to a document issued by a person such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person's death as later entered in an official register of deaths.

Death certificate is required for a number of purposes like transferring of land/property, bank accounts, investments and other official documentation.

  • Initial death certificate

    If death is in the hospital, the attending physician will issue the death certificate stating place, date, time and cause of death.


    If death is at home, the attending family doctor will issue the initial death certificate stating place, date, time and cause of death. If, however, the family doctor is not available, any registered medical practitioner can issue the certificate, after satisfying himself of the deceased’s medical history, treatment given and circumstances leading to death. It should be ensured that the name, qualifications, addresses and the registration number of the doctor are stated on the certificate.


  • Death pass

    Two members or relatives or friends of the family should present the initial death certificate at the local ward office, from where a death pass, with a counterfoil, addressed to the chosen place for the funeral will be issued.


    If the funeral is to be performed outside the jurisdiction of PMC, prior permission is required to be obtained from the authorities at the local ward offices.


  • Final death certificate

    Submit the initial death certificate and the counterfoil at the local ward office and obtain acknowledgement. The final death certificate will be issued a few days later on payment of Rs 10 per copy. It is advisable to obtain sufficient copies in the first instance to meet all the requirements relating to bank accounts, property transfer, investments, etc.


    The original death certificate (computerised) will be issued from the PMC local ward office (Birth/Death department), after 15 days.