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TN Death Certificate


Tamil Nadu (TN) Death Certificate

Death Certificate is a valuable document which is issued by the Government to confirm a person’s death, fact and cause of death. Registration of death is to prove the person’s time and date of death, to relieve the individual from social, legal and official commitments, to settle property inheritance and enabling the family to collect insurance and other benefits. All deaths should be reported within 21 days at the place of occurrence. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining a TN death certificate.

TN Death Certificate Application Procedure

The following are the steps to apply for a Death Certificate.

Step 1: Registering with Town Panchayat

Registration of death to the Town Panchayat officers is necessary after the occurrence of a death.

Step 2: Filling the form

The applicant should fill in details of the deceased person in a form given by the Registrar. The applicant should include the following details are:

  • Name of the deceased person.
  • Age and gender of the person.
  • Father’s name or husband’s name of the deceased.
  • Details of the place of death.
  • Date of death.
  • The purpose of the requirement of the certificate.
  • Relationship of the applicant with the deceased.

A copy of the TN death certificate application is below in the pdf format for reference:

TN Death Certificate Application Form

Step 3: Entering the information

After the oral reporting of the death to the Registrar, the information will be entered in the appropriate reporting form. These details must be inclusive of a signature or a thumb impression.

Step 4: Furnishing crematorium or burial ground receipt

The applicant has to provide the receipt of the crematorium or the burial ground.

Step 5: Issue of Certificate

The Registrar then verifies the death of the person, confirming all the details given are genuine. Then the applicant will receive the certificate.


  • If a death occurs in Municipalities, Corporations and Special Village Panchayats (Town Panchayats), the concerned local bodies undertake the registration of deaths.
  • If a death occurs in Village Panchayats, the responsibility for the registration of deaths lies with the Revenue Department and the Village Administrative Officers.
  • An occurrence of death in a medical institution indicate for registration by the institution directly with the registering authority.
  • If a death has occurred in a house, the head of the family or the nearest relative of the family will have to register the incident in a specific format along with a medical certificate.

Death Certificate Application

A free copy of the death certificate will be provided after verification if the death has been reported within 21 days from the date of occurrence. In case of obtaining a certificate at a later date from the date of occurrence, the applicant has to apply it in a different format with the name of the person, age, date of death, place of death and residential address at the time of death. After submission of this form, an acknowledgement should be acquired.

In rural areas, Death Certificate has to be applied in the Taluk Office, within two years of death and subsequently, it has to be applied in the Sub-Registrars office. In Town/ Municipal areas, it has to be applied in the respective Town/ Municipal Office.

Documents Required for Application

To apply for a death certificate requires the following documents:

  • Birth certificate of the deceased.
  • An affidavit stating the date and time of death.
  • A copy of the ration card.

Government Fee Structure

The fee for a death certificate varies under different conditions.

  • A fee of Rs. 25 has to be paid for each copy.
  • If the date of death is unknown or unspecified, the search fee for every year is Rs. 25(per copy).
  • If there is a delay in the registering of deaths, such as if it is less than one month, it can be acquired without penalty; more than a month and less than a year, a fee of Rs. 25 has to be paid for each copy; and if it is more than a year with the order of Magistrate it is Rs.50.
  • As per the rules of the court, a fee stamp of Rs.2/- should be affixed in the application form.