How to obtain the death certificate in Argentina?

Naturally, more than one has had to go through the experience of losing a loved one.

At that moment, which often takes you by surprise, it is obvious that you are so overwhelmed by the situation that you totally lose the idea that you must, as with many events that define your life, carry out specific paperwork that, although it may be difficult to sit down and do it with a cool head at the moment, you will thank later.

That is why here you have a practical and simple guide on everything you need to obtain the birth certificate.

What is the death certificate?

The certificate, certificate or certificate of death is a legal document that proves the death of a person and that it meets as proof later to carry out many other legal procedures.

There are two modalities in which the death certificate is issued:

The death certificate negative It is the document that certifies that the death of a person was not registered in the Civil Registry (despite the fact that this is not the case at hand).

On the other hand, the death certificate positive is the one that does. In relation to how faithful the document is written, we can divide it into:

  • Extract: summary of all the information registered on the death in the Civil Registry, see as a synthesis of data. In turn, this can be, depending on the languages ​​in which it must be written:
  1. Ordinary: written only in Spanish if this is the only official language of the community.
  2. Multilingual: Written up to be used in the countries that are part of the 1976 Vienna Convention, with the official language of each one of them (being these Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Serbia and Montenegro)
  3. Bilingual: issued in the event that Spanish and another language is the official language of said community.
  • Literal: letter by letter copy of the registration of the event, which reaffirms all the requirements regarding the identity of the deceased and the circumstances of the loss.

How is it obtained?

It is a procedure that can be requested in person by going to the Civil Registry office where the event is registered, with the personal data of the deceased: full names and surnames, and date and place of death, and with the ID of the person requesting the document.

It is issued after the medical death certificate is processed (DO NOT CONFUSE) by the corresponding health center.


  1. National Identity Document (DNI) of the applicant.
  2. The data of the game: volume, minutes, year and section. In the event that they are not available, you will have to pay an additional cost that will be raised at the moment.
  3. The medical certificate of death, which must contain data regarding the identity of the doctor and the identity of the deceased.
  4. The statistical death report issued by the health center.
  5. Sworn statement with the personal data of the deceased: full names and surnames, names and surnames of their parents, date and place of death, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), spouse’s death certificate if applicable widow or widower, all signed by a relative.
  6. The ID of the parents, family book and the affidavit, in case of fetal death.

Steps to follow

  1. It is necessary before you start with the death certificate process, to carry out the pertinent death registration procedure, since the certificate will be delivered to you approximately 72 hours after this process. For this, you must first deliver the ID of the deceased to the Admission and Discharge offices of the hospital or sanatorium, where they will deliver the medical death certificate and the statistical report.
  2. If the deceased does not have a DNI, the Civil Registry proceeds to register by taking fingerprints and a statement from two witnesses attesting to the identity of the deceased.
  3. Have a funeral company that is authorized by the General Directorate of Cemeteries, to take care of the transfer and paperwork regarding the event. You must inform in it the decision to cremate (in which case you must prove the link between the deceased and you) or if you have a reserved plot in a cemetery inside or outside the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires so that you can request the cremation. corresponding license.
  4. After all this process, the National Identity Document will be destroyed, so that there are no malpractices, by the National Registry of Persons (RENAPER).
  5. With the most immediate paperwork resolved, you can start processing the death certificate.
  6. When you go to the corresponding office of the Civil Registry, the writing of the record begins, where the personal data of the deceased (mentioned above) are placed, the day, month, year, time and place of the event, the cause of death, names and surnames of the doctor in charge, the registration number and the personal data and ID of the declarant who must be a direct relative.
  7. In the event that none is found, the responsibility will be assigned to an individual from the funeral company’s staff authorized for the situation.
  8. After this, the record is signed by the public official and by the declarant and the process of burial or burial can begin.
  9. Ready! you have already completed the process and the death certificate should be delivered to you as soon as possible.

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So that you have an idea of ​​what the death certificate will look like and how the death data is organized, we leave you a look at a model to guide you below:

What is the death certificate used for?

The death certificate is the document that accredits the death of an individual legally, before the authorities and the State, and that serves as a key to carry out endless documentation after the death of your loved one:

  • The preparation of the burial with the funeral company.
  • Life insurance collection.
  • Make the request for the will and the distribution of the inheritance.
  • The arrangement of non-inherited assets.
  • Process documents such as the death certificate of a spouse (and change of marital status to widow or widower).
  • Claim of bank contracts.
  • Settlement of pending debts.
  • Savings and investment accounts.
  • Permission to remove the remains from the national territory.
  • Among others.

Where is the procedure performed?

The medical certificate of death and the statistical report of death (documents later necessary for the procedure at hand) are requested at the Admission and Discharge office of the corresponding health center and are delivered to you immediately.

Instead, the death certificate is processed at the Civil Registry office where the citizen’s birth was registered. Both procedures are performed free of charge.

If can not be identified to someone who claims the death, the administration of prisons, police, health institution or due establishment regardless of whether it was private or public will be responsible for carrying out the procedure described here.

The subsequent cremation or burial license must be issued by the Civil Registry, after completing the relevant paperwork, already having the death certificate in hand.

Online or Call Center

In case you are outside of Argentina, you can carry out the procedure electronically so that it can be sent to you.

If the item is registered within Buenos Aires, you must request it on-line through the Civil Registry website. Complete the boxes with the corresponding personal data (year, volume, record number and section) and validate your email (Gmail or Hotmail) to be able to validate the link that will be sent to you in this way.

You must make the relevant payment through a message in your email tray. When you have made said payment you will be able to download the game.

In case you need a printed copy, you will have to request your turn (in a link that you find in the message that accompanies the game) so that you can pick it up at the corresponding Civil Registry office.

This game can be Withdrawn by a third party with a certificate of authorization, presenting proof of the procedure, the request for the shift and your ID in the selected establishment and at the available times.

Shipping abroad has no additional cost; Your game is sent to the Chancellery to be apostilled and then sent to the corresponding consulate.

If you are registered or registered outside the province or the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, you must complete the form with the requested data and send it through the Argentine Government website, where your data will be verified and sent to the agency of the corresponding province.

The issuing office issues the document and sends it to the Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing, where it is legalized.

When the item is finally legalized, it is sent by postal mail to the address entered, unless it requires an Apostille from The Hague from the Ministry mentioned above (in which case you have to pay for this procedure when you go to pick up the certificate) and you will have to look for it in the Argentine consulate that corresponds to your location outside the country.

In offices

If instead you prefer to collect it in person, you can go to the Civil Registry office where your loved one died (requesting your turn previously online).

You must fill out the application, submit it to the corresponding unit along with the appropriate documentation and it will be processed as soon as possible.

We hope that this list of how to obtain the death certificate in Argentina be useful to you, Strength in this difficult time!

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