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Germany - Register Death

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The death must be reported to the local registrar (Standesamt).


Often the family of the deceased do this themselves, but it may also be done by the funeral home.

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Be aware that laws and practices can differ throughout the country. The information below is intended as a guide to the normal procedure.

Required Information

  • Name of the deceased.
  • Name of the next of kin.
  • Cause of death.
  • Date The event happened.


In the event of a death occurring in the home, a doctor should always be contacted. The doctor will confirm the date and time of death and fill out the death certificate (Todesbescheinigung). If death takes place in a hospital, the hospital will arrange for the death certificate to be completed. Only if there are any suspicious circumstances should the police be called.

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Required Documents

Hospital Confirmation that a person is dead.


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Office Locations & Contacts

Hauptstandesamt München
Ruppertstrasse 11
80337 München

Southwest Germany:
Standesamt Baden-Baden
Augustaplatz 1
76530 Baden-Baden

North Germany:
Hauptstandesamt Hamburg
Borgfelder Str. 64
20537 Hamburg

Standesamt I Berlin
Schönstedtstr. 5
13357 Berlin

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