Death Certificate: Requirements, Steps and MORE

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The Death certificateIt is a legal document of the utmost importance and its execution is mandatory in all types of death, such as: natural, violent or suspicious death. For this reason, it is essential for us that you know a little more about this certificate.

Thus, in this article all our attention is directed to the death certificate and all that it entails and means. Later, we will explain: what are the necessary requirements for the death certificate, the steps you must follow to obtain it, the purpose of this, where you can do this procedure and, we will culminate with its definition.

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Requirements for the Death Certificate

Although this process turns out to be quite difficult to carry out, it is necessary that you take the time to sit down and organize each of the required documents, in order to move forward with the steps and, finally, obtain the certificate.

Normally, to start obtaining any certificate, the organizations require or require a series of documents. This certificate, being a very valuable legal document, is not exempt from these requirements.

But, don’t worry, because below, we will show you a detailed list of all the requirements requested and demanded so that you can start with the process of this certificate or death certificate:

  1. National Identity Document of the person requesting it.
  2. National Identity Document of both parents.
  3. Game information.
  4. Medical death certificate. This must have the data of the doctor and the deceased.
  5. Statistical death report. Sent by the health center.
  6. Affidavit with the information of the deceased, that is:
  • Name and surname of the deceased.
  • Name and surname of the parents of the same.
  • Date and place of death.
  • Birth certificate.

All these documents must be signed by a family member.

Remember that this document will be delivered after you have processed the medical death certificate. We insist on this point, since there is usually a lot of confusion about it. On the other hand, we will leave you the official link of the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires where you can have more information about this and other procedures. Click here.

Steps to Follow for the Death Certificate

After the explanation of the requirements, we continue with the steps you must follow to obtain the certificate. It is very important that you follow everything to the letter, as, as we mentioned earlier, this is a legal document that must be executed and issued with great care.

  1. Registration of the deceased. This registration is essential before starting the certificate process, which is delivered 72 hours later (approximately).
  2. In order for you to register the deceased, you only have to deliver their ID at the Admission and Exit offices of the Hospital or Sanatorium. Later, they will give you the Medical Certificate of Death and the Statistical report.
  3. Now, if you do not have the ID of the deceased, the registration will be made by the Civil Registry. He will take fingerprints and a statement from two declarants confirming the identity of the deceased.
  4. Funeral company. You should look for a funeral company that is authorized by the General Directorate of Cemeteries to start the process.
  5. Remember that you must notify them if you want to cremate the deceased or, if you have a small piece of land reserved in another cemetery, so that they can initiate the pertinent request.
  6. Elimination of the National Identity Document. At the end of the previous procedure, RENAPER will be in charge of eliminating the DNI.
  7. Death certificate. Once the most basic documents have been delivered and accepted, you can start this process.
  8. Writing of the minutes. This deed is made in the Civil Registry. In it are placed: information of the deceased, date and place of the event, cause of death, name and surname of the doctor in charge, registration number, data and ID of the declarant (direct family member).
  9. Burial or burial. When the death certificate has been signed, the process of burial or interment takes place.
  10. Certificate delivery. Once the process is completed, the certificate will be delivered to you.

What is the Death Certificate for?

It is convenient that you know the function and purpose of this document, since in many cases it is not usually given the importance it deserves. That is why, below, we will explain what this document is for.

Well, this certificate is a document that proves and accredits the death of an individual in a legal way, that is, it does so in front of the State and the respective authorities. In order to be able to carry out numerous documentations after the death of a being. Like the following:

  • Prepare the burial with the funeral home.
  • Start the application for the will and the distribution of the inheritance.
  • Demand bank contracts.
  • Request permission to extract the remains of the body from the national territory.
  • Collect life insurance.
  • Adjust non-inherited assets.
  • Initiate procedures such as: a spouse’s death certificate.
  • Relevant debt settlement.
  • Widow’s pension.
  • Changes of Ownership.
  • Transfer of the deceased.
  • Last will of the deceased.

The death of a person leads to the emergence of many legal and administrative procedures. This is why it is essential to have this document in order to be able to do all those procedures mentioned above much more easily.

We conclude this point, informing you that this document can be requested in person, by going to a corresponding Civil Registry office. And, that is where you must register the required data of the deceased person. Remember that all these data were explained previously.


Where to do the procedure?

This certificate is processed at the Civil Registry office where the registration of the citizen’s birth has been made. It is important to emphasize that this process is carried out for free, you should not cancel any amount.

We emphasize that, if it is not possible to identify someone claiming the death, the administration of prisons, health institutions, police or any establishment, private or public, will be in charge of carrying out the procedure explained above. Now, let’s continue developing where and how you can do this procedure:

  • Offices: to be able to withdraw the certificate, you must first request an appointment online. And then, you must go to the Civil Registry office where the person died.

Likewise, you must complete an application and then deliver it to the respective office with all the required documentation. This request will be processed as soon as possible.

  • Internet or Call Center: this has become the most used medium by citizens. Since, they can do it from anywhere in the world and it is usually a fairly simple and practical procedure.

In case the game is registered in Buenos Aires, you must make the request online, on the website of the Civil Registry. Then, you must complete each box with the requested data and, at the end, you must validate your email.

Later, you will receive an email with an amount that you must cancel. And, when you have carried out the operation, you will have the option to download the game. Now, if you need a copy of this document, you have to request an appointment and collect it at the corresponding Civil Registry.

On the other hand, this document can be removed by a third party. Which must present an authorization, certificate of the procedure, request for the shift and DNI, at the corresponding establishment and schedule.

What is it?

For us, it is essential that you know not only the concept of this certificate, but also understand how important it is to do it correctly. Since, it is common that certain difficulties are generated when it is being prepared. For this reason, we invite you to pay close attention to each point explained above.

However,What does this mean certificateWell, this certificate, also known as an act or certificate, is the legal document that will prove and certify the death of an individual. And, having it is essential when performing other types of procedures.

It is important to note that there are three types of models of this certificate, which are: medical death certificate, neonatal death certificate and, perinatal death certificate. We will explain in detail the use of each of them:

  • Medical death certificate: It is used in the deceased who are 28 days or older.
  • Neonatal death certificate: used in newborns less than 28 days old.
  • Perinatal death certificate: used for fetuses 20 weeks or older.

Also, we must include that there are two ways in which this certificate is issued and they are: negative certificates, where the deceased person was not registered in the Civil Registry, and positive certificates, where the deceased person was registered in this registry. Likewise, the positive certificate can be divided into: extract and literal.

And, in turn, the abstract it’s divided in: Ordinary: here the document is written only in Spanish; multilingual: where the document is written in official languages ​​of countries that are party to the Vienna Convention, and bilingual: where the document is written in Spanish and the official language of another community.

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