A death must be registered as soon as possible with the register office in the municipality in which the person died.
- The death itself is pronounced by a doctor, who draws up a death certificate.
- If someone dies at home, you must notify the general practitioner or doctor on call.
- If a person dies in a hospital or other care facility, the person who is in charge there will provide a death certificate.
- In the event of a fatal accident, the police will draw up an official report in the presence of a doctor.
- The death must then be registered as soon as possible (the death registration itself) with the register office in the municipality in which the person died.
- Generally, the funeral director takes care of the death registration and any administrative formalities. However, you can also do this yourself.
- The register office will draw up a death certificate. This is the official proof of death.
Remember to also inform the following people or institutions about the death:
- insurance company
- health insurance fund
- pension service
- tax service
- water company
- gas and electricity supplier
To register the death, you must bring the following documents:
- death certificate written by the doctor
- identity card of the deceased
- identity card of the declarant
- driving licence of the deceased
- and possibly the last will of the deceased.
In the event of a suspicious or violent death, you must bring the following additional documents:
- the official police report
- and the public prosecutor’s consent for burial or cremation.