Requirements for Death Certificate: What data does it contain

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When a person passes away, a direct family member or legal representative is in charge of managing both the death certificate as the death certificate And for this you must meet certain requirements and perform certain steps. You want to know more? Keep reading!

What is the Death Certificate and what is it for?

The death certificate is the document issued by the competent authority, in this case the Civil Registry, where the day and time of death of a person are reflected. It is used to carry out errands in funeral homes, manage inheritances, solve problems related to the pension, among others.

It can also be said that it serves to:

  • Manage documents officers.
  • Perform the pension collection of the IMSS.
  • Claim of inheritances.
  • Life Insurance Collection.
  • Request for hiring banking.
  • Investment accounts and savings.
  • Manage the non-inherited property.
  • Debt cancellations.

What is the Death Registry?

It is the document that accredits the death of a person and what were its causes, through a death certificate issued by the hospital or doctor.

What information should the death certificate contain?

  • The name and surname, age, city of birth, nationality, occupation and origin are required (place I occupy while I was alive).
  • Marital status: if you were married or widowed, together with the names and surnames of your spouse.
  • Personal data of the witnesses: names and surnames, nationality, occupation, age, address and if it is the case that they were relatives of the deceased, indicate the family connection.
  • Family data: If the nationality and names of the deceased’s parents are known.
  • Date and time of death, and if it is the case of a violent death, all the details about it, including comments and annotations.
  • Physician Information: Name and surname, nationality, age, professional address of the physician certifying the death.

Steps to follow to process the Death Certificate

You must go to the Civil Registry with the documents in Original and Copy, which are:

1.- Civil Status of the deceased person:

  • Married: Requires the death certificate, marriage and birth certificate.
  • Single: birth certificate and death certificate.
  • Divorced: birth certificate, divorce certificate and death certificate.
  • Widow: Birth certificate, spouse’s death certificate and death certificate.

2.- Reason for death:

  • For accidental or violent death: The Public Ministry must officiate at the civil registry.
  • If the person has been dead for more than six months: a voluntary address will be processed in addition to the other requirements already mentioned.
  • When the deceased was over 60 years old: birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, and official identification.

How to request a death certificate?

The process of the death certificate can be carried out by a relative of the deceased or the person who is legally responsible.

It is carried out in person directly at the offices of the Family Medicine Unit (UMF) closest to the victim’s home, at the corresponding time between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 00 hours.

The UMF operates in its offices, in two shifts to facilitate users to manage more efficiently, which are; morning and evening, from Monday to Friday on IMSS business days. It is a completely free procedure.

What are the requirements to obtain the death certificate?

1.- If you are a foreigner, you need:

  • In Original and Copy of the valid identification.
  • Original and Copy of the passport.
  • Likewise, the original SSN (Social Security Number) must be presented.
  • Also in Original and Copy the Birth Certificate.
  • Proof that guarantees the domicile of the deceased or of the person who is legally responsible for it, that is, a receipt for payment of a service (electricity, water, telephone, etc.), with a validity of at least three months.

2.- For nationals, it is required:

  • Valid identification in original and copy.
  • Likewise, the NSS must be presented in original.
  • Certified copy of the birth certificate or adoption certificate, in original and copy.
  • Payment receipt stating the address of the deceased or the person who is legally responsible for it, with a validity of at least three months.

What do I need to know before starting this procedure?

  • The pensioner or insured must be in force at the time of requesting the death certificate.
  • In the event that the patient dies before arriving at the medical unit, the IMSS doctor must obtain all the references in the clinical file, and thus determine veridically whether to carry out the death certificate will proceed or not.
  • Otherwise, if no medical history is found that is the cause of death, the doctor in charge of the IMSS will be the one who will notify the Public Ministry, if the case occurs that the death is the result of blows and injuries, or violence.
  • If it is the case that the death occurred in the home of the deceased, the UMF doctor will be in charge of verifying the medical history of the person who died.

Procedures to request a death certificate

After a person dies, it is required to manage the death certificate, issued by a professional, highly qualified physician from the Family Medical Unit.

For this, it is important that you bear in mind that a family member or legal representative of the deceased must appear in the Civil Registry and make the request for the death certificate, for which they must submit the following documents:

  • The birth certificate or passport or the certificate of nationality.
  • Local death certificate.
  • Personal data of the person making the request.
  • Two people who act as witnesses and are of legal age.
  • Valid identification of both people.
  • Complete the application correctly.

And once the application is completed, the Civil Registry will schedule an appointment for the witnesses and the person who made the application to attend.

What should be done after processing the death certificate?

Already having all the documents in order and having carried out and completed all the steps to obtain the death certificate.

The next thing they should do is contact the funeral home to receive the necessary advice according to the situation in which they find themselves and to comply with the designs of the deceased or the relatives, with regard to cremation or burial.

Are there institutions that support people with funeral expenses?

If they exist, among them is the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), which grants the insured person or the insured family member 60 days of the minimum wage in force in México City, for funeral expenses at the time of death.

On the other hand, the Law of the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (LISSSTE), which provides the worker and his family, with the provision of funeral services, at a very reasonable cost, covering the basic needs of the coverage. by death.

The ISSSTE currently has seven (07) wakes located in the most concentrated urban areas throughout the country: State of México, México City, Nuevo León and Jalisco.

While in the rest of the country, there are agreements between state delegations and some private funeral homes, which lower costs and offer discounts to workers.

In the same way, the ISSSTE declares that if the person who dies is a pensioner, the survivors will be entitled to a payment for funeral services, corresponding to four (04) months of the pension that the deceased had at the time of death.

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