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Karnataka Death Certificate

As stipulated by the Karnataka Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 1970 and the Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969, registering every death within 21 days with the state government is mandatory. Following registration, the government issues a death certificate to the deceased’s nearest relatives, officially verifying the date, fact, and cause of death. This article provides a comprehensive guide on obtaining a Karnataka death certificate.




As per the Karnataka Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 1970 and Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969, all deaths within the state must be registered within 21 days. Upon registration, the Government of Karnataka issues a death certificate to the deceased’s immediate family, confirming the date, occurrence, and cause of death. This article provides a detailed explanation of the procedure for obtaining a death certificate in Karnataka.


Karnataka Registration of Births and Deaths Rules


The Karnataka Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2009, outline the procedures for registering births and deaths in the state of Karnataka, India. These rules are crucial for establishing legal identity, obtaining essential services, and maintaining vital statistics.

Registration of Births

  • Birth must be registered within 21 days of occurrence.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for registration.
  • Registration can be done at the Registrar’s office or designated centers like hospitals.
  • Information required includes the child’s name, date and place of birth, parents’ names and occupations, address, etc.
  • Late registration is possible with additional fees and justifications.

Registration of Deaths

  • Death must be registered within 24 hours of occurrence.
  • Any person present at the death or informed of it can register.
  • Registration can be done at the Registrar’s office or designated centers like hospitals.
  • Information required includes the deceased’s name, age, date and place of death, cause of death, informant’s details, etc.
  • Late registration is possible with additional fees and justifications.

Purpose of Obtaining Death Certificate

Obtaining a death certificate serves several important purposes following the passing of a loved one:

Legal and Administrative Functions:

  • Claiming insurance benefits: Life insurance policies and some government benefits require a death certificate as proof of death to initiate claims.
  • Settling the estate: The certificate verifies the deceased’s identity and is needed to transfer assets, close bank accounts, and settle outstanding debts.
  • Terminating legal relationships: It allows termination of marriage, joint accounts, and other legal ties associated with the deceased.
  • Social Security benefits: Survivors like spouses and children might need the certificate to claim Social Security survivor benefits.

Personal and Practical Matters:

  • Arranging the funeral: Many cemeteries and funeral homes require a death certificate to proceed with burial or cremation arrangements.
  • Obtaining survivor benefits: Certain employer-provided benefits or government programs might require the certificate for claiming survivor benefits.
  • Updating records: Various entities like banks, credit card companies, and government agencies might need the certificate to update records and close accounts associated with the deceased.
  • Preserving family history: The certificate serves as a valuable document for future generations to understand their family lineage and history.

Prescribed Authority for Registration

The eJanMa website offers electronic records of all deaths registered in Karnataka. Authorities at the Hobli level, through Nada Kacheri, electronically document deaths that occur in both rural and urban areas in the eJanMa system.


Area Registrar
Rural areas Medical Officer In charge
Medical Officer
Health Officer
Urban areas Health Officer
Health Officer / Health Inspector
Health Inspectors
Health Inspectors
Sanitary Inspectors
Resident Medical Officer
Medical Officer


Documents Required

The documents required for death registration in Karnataka can vary slightly depending on the circumstances of the death (e.g., institutional vs. non-institutional, natural vs. unnatural causes). However, here are the general documents you’ll need in most cases:

  1. Proof of Death:
  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death: This is usually issued by the attending doctor if the death occurred in a hospital or medical facility. It will state the cause and manner of death.
  • Police Report: If the death was unnatural (e.g., accident, homicide), a police report will be required.
  1. Proof of Identity of Deceased:
  • Birth Certificate: This is the preferred document for proving the identity of the deceased.
  • Aadhaar Card: If a birth certificate is unavailable, an Aadhaar card can be used.
  • Voter ID Card: Can also be used as proof of identity.
  • Passport: Can be used if the deceased was a foreigner.
  1. Proof of Identity of Informant:
  • Aadhaar Card: This is the preferred document for proving the identity of the informant (person registering the death).
  • Voter ID Card: Can also be used as proof of identity.
  • Ration Card: Can also be used as proof of identity.
  1. Proof of Residence of Deceased:
  • Ration Card: This is the most common document used for proof of residence.
  • Electricity Bill: Recent electricity bill in the deceased’s name.
  • Water Bill: Recent water bill in the deceased’s name.
  • Telephone Bill: Recent telephone bill in the deceased’s name.
  • Death Registration Application Form: This form can be obtained from the office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths.
  • Affidavit: In some cases, an affidavit may be required from the informant, especially if there is a delay in registering the death.

<H2> Applicable Fee


S.No Transaction Fee
1 Registration of death within 21 days Nil
2 Registration of death 21-30 days from date of death Rs. 2
3 Registration of death 31 days to 1 year from date of death Rs. 5
4 Registration of death after 1 year from date of death Rs. 10


** The prices are subject to change

Validity of Death Certificate

The validity of a death certificate can vary depending on its purpose and the issuing authority. In most cases, however, death certificates are considered valid indefinitely. They serve as a permanent legal record of a person’s death and can be used for various purposes, such as:

  • Settling the deceased’s estate: The death certificate is typically required to begin the probate process and distribute the deceased’s assets to their heirs.
  • Claiming life insurance benefits: Life insurance companies will require a death certificate to pay out a policy.
  • Obtaining survivor benefits: Social Security and other government benefits may be available to eligible survivors, and the death certificate will be required to prove eligibility.
  • Closing bank accounts and canceling utilities: The death certificate may be needed to close bank accounts, cancel utilities, and transfer ownership of property.

Here are some factors that may affect the validity of a death certificate:

  • Fraud: If a death certificate is obtained fraudulently, it may be declared invalid.
  • Clerical errors: If there are errors on the death certificate, such as a misspelled name or incorrect date of death, it may need to be corrected.
  • Replacement certificates: If the original death certificate is lost or damaged, a replacement certificate can be issued. The replacement certificate will have the same validity as the original.

Time Frame

You can acquire the death certificate within a 30-day period from the date of its initial report.

Registration of Death

In the event of a death in Karnataka, it must be registered at the location of its occurrence with the relevant registrar within a 21-day timeframe. The issuance of the death certificate is contingent upon the details being recorded in the Karnataka Death Records (eJanMa) portal.

If the death is not reported within 21 days from its occurrence, an affidavit explaining the reason for the delay must be submitted to the appropriate Registrar in that area.

  1. Inform the Registrar
  • Within 21 days of the death: Inform the Registrar of Births and Deaths in the area where the death occurred.
  • Hospital deaths: Hospitals typically handle this notification for you.
  • Home deaths: Family members or other responsible individuals must notify the Registrar.
  1. Gather Required Documents:
  • Proof of death: Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (hospital death) or Police Report (unnatural death)
  • Proof of identity of deceased: Birth Certificate, Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, or Passport
  • Proof of identity of informant: Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, or Ration Card
  • Proof of residence of deceased: Ration Card, Electricity Bill, Water Bill, or Telephone Bill
  • Death Registration Application Form: Obtain from the Registrar’s office or download online
  1. Submit Documents and Pay Fees
  • Submit the completed form and documents to the Registrar.

Registration of Deaths of Missing Persons

The registration of the death of an individual who has been missing for more than seven years will be updated using information provided by the court. The relevant court will ascertain the place and date of death through a declaratory suit, and this information can then be utilized for the purpose of registration.

Registration of deaths of Indian citizens outside India

The Indian Consulates record the deaths of Indian citizens that occur outside India in accordance with the regulations outlined in the Citizens Rules of 1956, as specified under the Citizenship Act of 1955, and subsequently issue death certificates.

Verify Death Records in Karnataka

Step 1: Visit the official website of eJanMa (Karnataka Birth and Death Records).

Step 2: On the home page, select the Birth/Death Verification option.

Step 3: Clicking on this option will redirect you to a new page.

Step 4: Provide the Death registration number and Date of Death. After entering the captcha code, click on the search button.

Application Procedure for Death Certificate

Step 1: Apply for death certificates through the relevant registrar office where the death is registered.

  • In rural areas, approach the Village Accountant, Taluk Hospital, or PHC centers.
  • In urban areas, contact the Health Officer, Health Inspector, R.M.O., Medical Officer (CHC), or Sanitary Inspector in CMC, TMC, TP, or NAC.

Step 2: Provide the following details for obtaining a death certificate:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Number of copies required
  • Reason for applying for the death certificate
  • Death Registration Number

Step 3: The operator at Hobli will input the data provided by the applicant into the eJanMa website. Subsequently, the details will be transmitted to the concerned registrar.

Step 4: The concerned registrar will review the data and digitally sign the Death Certificate.

After verification, the applicant can obtain the digitally signed Death Certificate.

Correction in Death Certificate

  1. Identification of Error:
    • Identify the specific error or errors that need correction in the death certificate. Common corrections include mistakes in the deceased person’s name, date of death, or other relevant details.
  2. Visit the Registrar Office:
    • Visit the registrar office where the death was initially registered. Ensure you go to the office that has jurisdiction over the area where the death occurred.
  3. Obtain Correction Form:
    • Request a correction form from the registrar office. This form is typically used to apply for corrections in vital records.
  4. Provide Necessary Documents:
    • Attach supporting documents that validate the correction you are requesting. For example, if the name is misspelled, you might need to provide proof of the correct name.
  5. Submit the Application:
    • Complete the correction form and submit it along with the necessary documents to the registrar office. Be sure to provide accurate and complete information on the form.
  6. Verification Process:
    • The registrar office will verify the details and documents provided. This may involve cross-checking with the original records.
  7. Approval and Correction:
    • If the correction is approved, the registrar will make the necessary amendments to the death certificate. The corrected certificate will then be issued.
  8. Collection of Corrected Certificate:
    • Collect the corrected death certificate from the registrar office. Ensure that all the corrections have been accurately reflected.


How can I get a death certificate in Karnataka?

Inform the Registrar: Notify the Registrar of Births and Deaths within the area of death. Within 21 days is preferred, but registration is possible later with late fees. Gather Documents: Prepare documents like: Proof of death (Medical certificate or police report) Proof of identity of deceased (Birth certificate, Aadhaar, etc.) Proof of identity of informant (Aadhaar, Voter ID, etc.) Proof of residence of deceased (Ration card, utility bill) Death registration application form (obtain online or from Registrar) Pay Fees: Fees vary based on registration time. See the table below for details. Submit Documents: Present completed forms and documents to the Registrar's office. Receive Certificate: You'll receive a death certificate (digital or physical) depending on your application method.

How to download a death certificate online near Mysore, Karnataka?

You can download a death certificate online through the Seva Sindhu portal: Visit: Select Death Certificate under the Citizens Services section. Choose Apply Online and follow the on-screen instructions. Enter the deceased's details and upload required documents. Pay the fee and submit the application. Upon approval, you can download the digital death certificate.

How many days does it take to get a death certificate in Bangalore?

Processing times can vary depending on the chosen method and workload at the Registrar's office. However, here's a general idea: Online application: You might receive a digital death certificate immediately upon approval. Physical application: You can expect to receive the physical copy within a few days to a week.

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