Albania - Register a Death
The registration of the death is the formal record of the death. It is done by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The death has to be registered before a Registrar of Births and Deaths for the district in which it took place.
Death declaration can be done by any family member or in their absence by a municipality representative. The declaration is valid, when accompanied by a medical report. The death declaration needs to be done within 10 days from the day of death or within 1 month, in case the death happened abroad.
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Before a death can be formally registered, a doctor will need to issue a medical certificate giving the cause of death. In hospital, this is usually done by a hospital doctor, who will hand the certificate to you in a sealed envelope addressed to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. You will also be given a notice, explaining how to register the death. There is no charge for either of these.
The registrar will want from you the following information:-
- date and place of death
- the full name of the person (including maiden name) and their last address
- the person's date and place of birth
- the person's occupation and, in the case of a woman who was married or widowed, full name and occupation of her husband
- if the person was still married, the date of birth of their husband or wife
- whether the person was receiving a pension or other social security benefits.
When someone dies at home, the death should be registered at the register office for the district where they lived. If the death took place in hospital or in a nursing home it must be registered at the register office for the district in which the hospital or home is situated. In Albania, if it is convenient, you can go to a different office to register the death and the details will be passed on to the correct office. You should check the opening hours of the office you wish to go to. Some offices have an appointments system.
A death should be registered within five days but registration can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is told that a medical certificate has been issued. If the death has been reported to the coroner you cannot register it until the coroner's investigations are finished.
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You must take with you the medical certificate of death, since the death cannot be registered until the registrar has seen this. If possible, you should also take the person's medical card and birth and marriage certificates.
Death registration is done free of charge.
It is a permanent and official record of a person’s death.
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Bashkia Lezhe Lagjia Skenderbeg,
Sheshi Gjergj Kastrioti
Tel: +355 215 22270 / 22219
Fax: +355 215 22570
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It is a criminal offence not to register a death.
The death should be registered by one of the following:-
- a relative who was present at the death
- a relative present during the person's last illness
- a relative living in the district where the death took place
- anyone else present at the death
- an owner or occupier of the building where the death took place and who was aware of the death
- the person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director).
You cannot delegate responsibility for registering the death to anyone else.
If the death declaration is not done within the above time frame, it is punishable by a 1000 leke fine and can only be finalized by court decision.
The Registrar will issue you with a form to take to the funeral director (in some cases this will have been issued by the Coroner) which gives permission for burial or cremation. You will also be given another form, which you should take or send to the benefits agency in respect of the state pensions and benefits.
A death cannot be registered until the coroner's investigations are complete and a certificate has been issued allowing registration to take place. This means that the funeral will usually also be delayed. Where a post-mortem has taken place the coroner must give permission for cremation.
The opening hours of registration offices vary between local authorities and some operate an appointments system. You should therefore check with the relevant local authority before attending an office. You will wish to note that a burial can take place before the registration but that a cremation can only take place after the death has been registered.