How to Obtain Death Certificate in Sri Lanka. A death certificate is an official document issued by the government, which declares cause of death, location of death, time of death and some other personal information about the deceased. Application can be obtained from any Divisional Secretariat. Required fee should pay to the Divisional Secretariat. Duly filled application should submit to the Divisional Secretariat. If you like to obtain the certificate of death by post, submit a stamped envelop with the application. Death of Sri Lankan nationals may be registered with this Mission and an application for this purpose may be made by a nearest relative of the deceased or any person who was either present at the time of the death or in attendance during the last illness of the deceased or who took action to dispose the body of the deceased by burial, cremation on by any other means.
The declaration should be submitted within 03 months of such death to this Mission. For registrations after 03 months a letter of explanation with the reason for the delay must provide with the application. The applications made after 12 months from the date of the death, will be forwarded to the Registrar General’s Department in Colombo 10, Sri Lanka (RGD) for approval.
Fees to Obtain Death Certificate in Sri Lanka
Where the date of registration or the no. of the entry is given the fee for one copy of the certificate is Rs. 100.00
Where the date of registration or the no. of the entry is not given and a search of registers not exceeding two years is involved fee for one copy of the certificate is Rs. 200.00
HOW TO APPLY FOR A Death Certificate in Sri Lanka
Visit the Divisional Secretariat of the area where the death occurred.
Applicants are needed to present originals of all the relevant documents required on submission of the application.
Application and the necessary documents must be filled and submitted by the declarant, a close relative to the deceased who was present at the time of death, in attendance during the last illness of the deceased or who took action to dispose of the body of the deceased by burial, cremation on by other means.
Duly filled declaration form (download) – for registration within 03 months
Duly filled declaration form (download) – for registration after 03 months
Following documents of the deceased must be submitted by the declarant
Original Death Certificate issued by the relevant authority
If the human remains have been repatriated to Sri Lanka for burial/cremation, the original of the Airway Bill (Air Cargo Bill). If the human remains have been buried/cremated in the United States, a report issued by the relevant Authority.
Coroner’s Report / Autopsy report
Original Sri Lankan Birth Certificate
Current Sri Lankan Passport
Documents to prove the relationship between the deceased and the declarant
Original Marriage Certificate of the declarant – (if the deceased is the spouse/child)
Original Birth Certificate of the declarant – (if the deceased is the parent)
Original Passport of the declarant
Letter of explanation with the reason for late registration (registration after 03 months)
All applications submitted after 12 months will be forwarded to the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) in Colombo 10, Sri Lanka for consent /approval. In such cases, the death certificate will be issued only after approval is granted by the Registrar-General.
Registrar General’s Department, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
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