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Jharkhand Death Certificate


Jharkhand Death Certificate

Death certificates are legal documents issued in the event of the death of an individual. The certificate is issued to the nearest family members of the deceased by the Registrar of Death of the concerned States. In this article, we look at the procedure to apply for Jharkhand death certificate in detail.

Also, know about the procedure for Jharkhand Birth Certificate.

Need for the Document

Death certificates are used for various purposes such as

  • To state the fact, cause and date of death
  • To claim life insurance
  • To claim pensions
  • In settling estates
  • Serve as evidence of age, gender and race of an individual
  • Genealogical information

Uses of the Certificate

When a death certificate is issued, the family members of the deceased can use the certificate for the following purposes:

  • To measure the life expectancy
  • To monitor infant deaths
  • To determine specific causes of death
  • To take measures to reduce communicable diseases
  • To monitor risk factors that cause premature death
  • Investigate the nature and place and occurrence of fatal diseases
  • To assess environmental and occupational health hazards

Death Registrations

According to the Birth and Death Registration Act 1969, every death has to be registered within 21 days of its occurrence. Depending on the place of occurrence of a death, the registering process varies.

  • If a death has occurred in a house, the Head of the family or the nearest relative of the child can register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in a Sadar Hospital/Sub-Divisional Hospital/Medical College Hospital/Referral Hospital, the  Deputy Superintendent of the hospitals and officers-in-charge can register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in a Maternity Home and other nursing institutions, the medical officer has to register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in jail, the jail in-charge has to register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in a Dharamshala, Boarding House etc., the person-in-charge has to register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in a moving vehicle, the person-in-charge of the vehicle has to register the death.
  • If a death has occurred in an abandoned place, the Headman of the village or the person in charge of the local police station can register the death.

Documents Required

The documents that are used to apply for a death certificate has to be attested by a Gazetted Officer. Given below are the required documents that are used to apply for a death certificate:

Application Procedure

To apply for a Death Certificate, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Approach the office

The applicant has to approach the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the concerned district offices.

Step 2: Obtain the form

The applicant has to obtain the application form from the respective officers.

Step 3: Enter the details

The applicant has to enter all the required details in the application form.

Step 4: Attach the Documents

The applicant then has to attach all the required documents along with the application form.

Step 5: Submit the Application

After completing all formalities, the applicant has to submit the application to the officer.

Step 6: Verification Process

Upon submission of application, the authorities verify all the details given by the applicant.

Step 7: Issue of Certificate

After completing all the verification procedures, the applicant can collect the certificate. The issued certificate is valid for a lifetime.

 Procedure for Late Registration

  • Deaths registered within 21 days does not require any fee. However, a fee of Rs. 5 requires to get additional copies.
  • If registering death after 30 days from its occurrence, requires a written permit from the Registrar and the late fee has to be paid.
  • If registering death after one year of its occurrence, requires an order from the Executive Magistrate and the late fee has to be paid.

Fee Structure

  • There is no fee required for registrations that are made within 21 days.
  • If registering a birth after 21 days, then the applicant has to pay a fee of Rs. 1.
  • If registering a birth after 30 days, then the applicant has to pay a fee of Rs. 5.
  • If registering a birth after one year, then the applicant has to pay a fee of Rs. 10.

Processing Time

The processing time for the certificate is 21 days.

Contact Details

Director, Statistics and Evaluation,
Engineer’s Hostel No. 1,
Near Golchakkar, Dhurwa, Ranchi
Contact No.: 0651-2400877