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The death certificate is issued by the government and it is necessary to register each death with the specific State or Union Territory within twenty-one days of its occurrence. The following documents are required to be filed with the Registrar (of the municipality, panchayat or any other local authority):
Photocopy of any one of the Aadhaar/passport / ration cards / self-certified declaration/voter card / PAN card / driving license / nationalized bank for identity and address proof.
Passport size photo of deceased
Proof of death of a person from the medical practitioner or hospital
An affidavit specifying the date and time of death
The person requesting the death certificate also has to give a proof of relationship with the deceased along with an address proof. According to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969, the Registrar can enter the name of the deceased into his/her records without charging any fee.
While no uniform policy has been specified for the purpose of issuing the death certificate during COVID, the States and Union Territories have online platforms on their websites where the scanned documents can be uploaded after registration and filling of the application form. The entire application, then, has to be submitted the local registrar’s office and the person requesting the certificate can track their request from the account created.The Supreme Court, recently, has asked the Central Government to devise a uniform policy for the issuing of death certificates for the death occurred during the pandemic22.
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