Death Certificate – Eligibility

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Death Certificate is an essential record which is used to confirm someone is no longer living. It is commonly used for closing accounts, claiming benefits and availing returns from any policies etc. However, death certificate rules and by-laws vary from state to state, so there’s a lot to learn if you’re hoping to get one for your lost beloved.

Each state is legally required to issue a death certificate after a death occurs. For a number of financial, legal, and personal processes Death Certificate is a vital record that is used.

In DELHI-NCR, there are specified rules about who can apply for obtaining the death certificate for any individual. It is not open to the public, and you need to determine whether are you eligible or not for this process of application.

Who can apply Death Certificates in DELHI-NCR?

Alike in other states in Delhi-NCR also you need to meet eligibility requisites to apply for a death certificate. These are considered to be as closed documents, which means they are not open records for the public. State Department of Health considers these as closed documents to protect the identity of the deceased and so these records are only available to select individuals.

In line to aforementioned, who qualifies the eligibility to apply for a death certificate in DELHI-NCR? You must fall into any of the following categories.

Eligibility : You should have to be a person acting in the subject’s best interest:

  •         Surviving spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, or guardian
  •         Individual with a court order
  •         Someone with a provable familial relationship with the deceased
  •         Funeral director
  •         The legal representative of the estate
  •         Co-owner or joint tenant of real estate property
  •         Anyone listed in the will (if it’s in probate)
  •         Employer of the deceased by companies act as per Indian Laws

How can you prove your eligibility?

If you are eligible according to the rules above, you will still need to prove your authenticity for any such application. A national photo ID proof or / and other supporting documents are to be provided by each applicant. For example, if you’re a partner of the deceased, you’ll need to show your marriage certificate, contrary if you are a sibling then your family Rashan Card etc.

If you meet the criteria as a permitted party, you will need to show either court records, licenses, and so on depending upon the stage at which you will be applying for this application – (within 21 days of death, within 30 days of death, within 3 months of death or after 3 months of death, so on and so forth). The process gets tedious if the application has been delayed for long after the death. All these extra steps ensures that the death record is being realized to the eligible. If you don’t verify your fitness, your application is likely to get rejected and you go through whole new process cycle for the same.

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