Death Certificate

How to Obtain a Death Certificate of a Deceased Person

Death Certificate is an official document that issued by the local county health service management department to prove that someone died. It is normally given to beneficiaries or friends and relatives of the deceased. When one dies, all the hospital records are sent to the county health records offices. The date of death is recorded and all the other hospital details. If you want the Death Certificate of your loved one, you just need to go to the county offices, fill an application form and it will be processed.

How to Start the Process

First, obtain the death clarification from the hospital when the person died. This is a true verification that the person died from a certain illness. Once the hospital provides all this data, you can then go to the county health managing department, and you will be given a form to fill. You need to be a relative or a family member to the deceased for these processes to be conducted without any doubt. Once you have filled everything, the Death Certificate will start to be processed immediately.

Contents That Are Included in the Death Certificates

Full name of the deceased person just like it appears on the National ID or passport card, sex of the deceased and the names of the parents of the deceased, the full date of birth of the deceased and the month, date and year of death should be filled in the form to ensure that the number of years of the deceased are calculated perfectly. Further the place birth of the deceased, including the city, address and street number. Include Your Relationship to the deceased and why you are looking for the Death Certificate.

Reasons Why People Need Certificates

Death is inevitable, and people normally take life insurances to cover the wellbeing of their children after they are gone. To ensure that you file any claim in an insurance company, you need to have the Death Certificate. This is what will make the insurance company get a clarification that the person died and so the beneficiaries should be given their money. Without this document, you will not be compensated. Put in mind that a Death Certificate is not a will therefore if you are not in the will of the deceased, you will not benefit even when you file for the Death Certificate at the county service public health records.

To conclude, a Death Certificate is easy to obtain. You can start looking for it immediately after burial or you can you can look for it during burial preparations. The hospitals normally submit their deaths records to the nearest county health records management. You can go there and apply for the Death Certificate of your loved one. You need to state the relationship between you and the one who died so that you get the Death Certificate. It does not take long if you have supporting documents to show you relate with the deceased.

Useful Information:

Death Registration Documents Required

  • Certificate of Cause of Death issued by doctors or Authorised Officers (i.e. Forensic Death Investigators) from the Ministry of Health
  • Deceased's identification documents (e.g. IC & Passport) for cancellation
  • Informant's identification documents (e.g. IC or Passport)


Free of charge.

Processing Time

  • 45 minutes at Neighbourhood Police Centres/Posts.
  • 30 minutes at Citizen Services Centre, ICA Building.


To register a death:

  • The informant must produce the Certificate of Cause of Death and other supporting documents (e.g. the deceased's NRIC, passport or citizenship certificate)
  • After documents produced are verified, the Registration Officer will print the Death Certificate
  • The informant must verify the particulars on the Death Certificate and sign the Death Certificate
  • The Death Certificate is issued.

The Registry of Births & Deaths

3rd floor, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road S(208718)
Tel: 6391 6100
Working hours:   8am - 5pm (Mon - Fri) 8am - 1pm (Sat)

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4545 Jalan Bukit Merah
Singapore 159466
Tel: 6222 2585
Fax: 6222 8543

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Tel: 6543 2515
Fax: 6543 1973

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