Requirements for the Death Certificate: Steps, Expenses and MORE

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The requirements for death certificate, the step by step to follow to apply, the associated costs and much more is described in this article, so keep reading.

To begin we must know What is it and what is it for this document. The death certificate is a legal document, issued by the competent authority (s), where the day and time of death of a person are certified.

The referred document allows to carry out the procedures for burial and wake, manage pensions, inheritance, among other things. That is why the death certification is carried out before a civil registry, the closest to the place of death, with the death certificate. the law of almost all countries requires a death certificate to be carried out within 24 hours of death.

What are the Requirements for the Death Certificate?

To carry out the procedure, you need to have the data and requirements for the death certificate, which are described below.

Also, you will need the certificate or medical certificate of death, which must indicate:

  • The reasons that caused the death of the deceased. Through a form issued by the treating hospital or physician.
  • The names, surnames, age, place of birth, citizenship, work or activities carried out before death of the deceased.
  • Civil status of the deceased, if he was single, married, in common law or widower.
    • If you were married or common-law, the spouse’s first and last name is required.
  • The witnesses to the death are needed: name, surname, citizenship, occupation, age, address of residence.
    • If the witnesses to the death have a family relationship with the deceased, the family bond that unites them must be indicated.

  • Data of the deceased’s parents, such as citizenship, first and last name of the deceased’s parents.
  • The exact time and date of death, but if it was an abrupt death, it is also necessary to detail the fact, adding observations and comments.
  • Personal data of the doctor who treated the deceased, names, surnames, citizenship, age, address of the place where the doctor treated the deceased.

If the deceased was a foreigner, the following original and copy documents are required:

  • Identification document.
  • Passport.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Documentation certifying the residence address of the deceased.
  • Documentation is also needed to certify the residence address of the official responsible for the deceased. It can be a proof of payment of a basic service recently issued or no more than 3 months after it was issued.

If the deceased was Mexican, the following documents are required in copy and original:

  • Current identity document.
  • The social security number or SSN.
  • Certification of birth or adoption.
  • 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.
  • Documentation certifying the residence address of the deceased.
  • Documentation is also needed to certify the residence address of the official responsible for the deceased. It can be a proof of payment of a basic service recently issued or no more than 3 months after it was issued.

Steps to Process the Death Certificate

Now for carry out the procedure, the direct relative or legal representative of the deceased, must go to the nearest civil registry of the place of death.

In this sense, the person in charge of carrying out the procedure must go to the civil registry with the documents listed below. All this before the 24 hours after death and before burying the body.

Refering to civil status of the deceased (to):

  1. If you were married, you need a medical death certificate, marriage certificate and birth certificate.
  2. In the event that the deceased is single, the birth certificate and medical death certificate are required.
  3. If you were divorced, you need a birth certificate, a divorce certificate and a medical death certificate.
  4. In the event that the deceased is a widower at the time of death, the birth certificate, the death certificate of the spouse and the medical death certificate of the deceased are required.

As for the cause (s) of death:

  1. If it was a death by accident or violence, in this case the public prosecutor will officially notify the civil registry of the reason for the death.
  2. In the event that the deceased is more than 6 months old, the procedure will be carried out according to what is indicated by the civil registry, plus the requirements already indicated.
  3. If the deceased was over sixty (60) years of age, the birth certificate, medical death certificate, marriage certificate and identity document are required.

Funeral expenses

Once the documentation to start When applying for a death certificate, the next step is to look for funeral services.

All this for the purpose of receiving a guide according to the situation and to the last will of the deceased and / or family members, regarding cremation or burial.

Now the funeral service costs they will depend on the budget of the deceased’s family. According company information dedicated to this service in Mexico, the assistance is cataloged in:

  • Basic services.
  • There is also an intermediate service.
  • There is also a luxury funeral service.

In this sense, costs associated with funeral services are estimated at:

  1. A basic service are estimated from three thousand pesos ($ 3,000) to seventeen thousand pesos ($ 17,000).
  2. Also, the intermediate service it can have a value of up to seventy thousand pesos ($ 70,000).
  3. The luxury service it is estimated that it can exceed one hundred thousand pesos ($ 100,000).

All of it will be attached to the coffin chosen by the relatives of the deceased, also to the transfer route and to the site chosen for the funeral.

In addition, the funeral costs will also be seen affected if the service It contemplates the cremation, a niche, or any other additional detail to the service.

Due to the above, it is important to examine options at least four different funeral homes, depending on the budget.

Where is the death certificate obtained?

The death certificate is requested in the civil registry closest to the place of death, taking the requirements for death certificate required by law.

In this sense, the law in almost all Countries oblige the death certificate to be carried out within 24 hours after death and before burying the body.

It is important to mention that when a person dies, it is a immediate family member or attorney-in-fact official responsible for processing the death certificate.

On the other hand, before starting the process it is important to take into account the following aspects:

  • Once the application process is completed, the civil registry will schedule a meeting for the witnesses and the applicant to appear.
  • If the person initiating the application for the death certificate is retired, they must be current with their payments at the time the application is initiated.
  • In addition, if the deceased died before entering the hospital, the doctor of the unit must find all the clinical data of the deceased, in order to establish the exact medical certificate of death.
  • However, if the deceased’s medical history is not obtained, in order to determine the cause of death, the doctor in charge of the medical center is the one who must notify the public prosecutor. All this in case the death is the result of mistreatment and / or violent injuries.
  • In case the death occurred in the home and residence of the deceased, the doctor of the hospital unit must be in charge of corroborating the clinical history of the deceased.

What is the Death Certificate for?

It is important to remember that the death certificate it is a legal writing, issued by the competent authority (s) of the locality, where the day and time of the death of a person are certified.

In this sense, the following are mentioned some reasons why those required by the death certificate:

  • To carry out legal documentation procedures for the deceased.
  • Also to collect the retirement of the deceased.
  • To request an inheritance.
  • Also for the collection of some life insurance.
  • To require a bank contract.
  • It also serves to request the investments and savings of the deceased.
  • Also to manage the assets that were not inherited.
  • For the payment of liabilities left by the deceased, among other things.

What is it?

The death certificate it is a legal writing, issued by the competent authority (s) of the locality, where the day and time of the death of a person are certified.

The referred document allows to carry out the procedures for burial and wake, manage pensions, inheritance of the deceased, among other things.

That is why the death certification it is done before a civil registry, the closest to the place of death, with the death certificate.

In this sense, the law of almost all Countries require the death certificate to be carried out within 24 hours after death and before burying the body.

It is important to mention that when a person diesIt is a direct relative or the official attorney who is responsible for processing the medical death certificate and the death certificate.

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