Death certificate

A death certificate is either a legal document issued by a medical practitioner which states when a person died, or a document issued by a government civil registration office, that declares the date, location and cause of a person’s death, as entered in an official register of deaths.

An official death certificate is usually required to be provided when applying for probate or administration of a deceased estate. They are also sought for genealogical research. The government registration office would usually be required to provide details of deaths, without production of a death certificate, to enable government agencies to update their records, such as electoral registers, government benefits paid, passport records, transfer the inheritance, etc

Uttar Pradesh Death Certificate

In Uttar Pradesh, it is mandatory to register death under the State Government of Uttar Pradesh as per the provision of Registrations of Death Act, 1961. A death certificate is an important legal document which is issued by the Urban department to certify the deceased state of an individual. In this article, we look at the purpose, documents required and procedure for obtaining an Uttar Pradesh death certificate.

Reasons For Obtaining Death Certificate

There are several reasons to obtain a death certificate which declares the cause, location and time of death. This certificate serves as a proof for legal purposes to collect pension benefits, claiming life insurance, medical benefits and other official commitments.

Who Can Register Death?

The death of an individual has to be registered within 21 days from the date of death. The following person is responsible for registering the death in Uttar Pradesh:

If death occurs in the house, the head of the household is eligible to register the death in the concerned Registrar Office.
If the death happens in the hospital, a person authorizable by the medical institution is responsible for recording /registering the death in the respective Registrar Office.
If death occurs in jail, the jail in-charge can register the death with the concerned Registrar Office.
If death occurs in a public place, the local police in-charge or headman of the village can record the death.
Documents Required
The following documents are to be provided at the time of applying for the death certificate.

Application form.
Ration card.

Passport size photo of the deceased.
Proof of death of the person.
An affidavit, if registering death after one year of its occurrence.