Death registration

Death registration

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Death registration

After the death of a loved one, surviving dependants must complete a number of formalities. As Registry Office ("Standesamt"), we have put together important information about registering a death.

Competent Authority

Registry Office District Höchst ("Standesamtsbezirk Höchst")

For the western districts of Frankfurt am Main, such as:

Griesheim, Höchst, Nied, Schwanheim, Sindlingen, Sossenheim, Unterliederbach und Zeilsheim

 

Registry Office District Höchst ("Standesamtsbezirk Höchst")

Seilerbahn 2, 65929 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 69 212 45570 (9 am - 12 noon)

E-Mail: standesamt.hoechst@stadt-frankfurt.de Internal Link

Registry Office District Central ("Standesamtsbezirk Mitte")

For the southern, northern or eastern districts of Frankfurt am Main:

 

Registry Office District Central ("Standesamtsbezirk Mitte")

Bethmannstr. 3, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 69 212 73505 (9 am - 12 noon)

E-Mail: anmeldung.sterbefaelle@stadt-frankfurt.deInternal Link 

Service description

You can register a death at the Registry Office ("Standesamt") during the normal opening hours.

If a person has died in a nursing home or hospital, a partially completed formal notification of death will be given there. But you will need to complete the formal notification using the information you have.

 

Required documents

To officially register a death, you need to bring some documents to the Registry Office ("Standesamt").

In all cases, you will need:

  • A mortuary certificate ("Leichenschauschein") – the non-confidential part and the confidential part (brown and white envelope)
  • An identification card or passport of the deceased*

* If there is no valid identification card or the address is not shown, please give proof of the main residence. To do this, use one of these documents:

  • Confirmation of registration of main residence from the registration authority ("Meldebehörde")
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Current electricity bill
  • Letter from a health insurance provider

 

If a person has died at home or in a nursing home that is not required to tell the Registry Office, we have a form available for you to fill out using the information you have. 

 

Extra documents needed for the deaths commonly certified by us:

 

If the deceased was single, we need the original:

  • Birth certificate (If the birth certificate is not in German, we need a translation too)

 

If the deceased was married, we need the original:

  • Marriage certificate (If the marriage certificate is not in German, we need a translation too) or
  • An international marriage certificate or
  • A certified copy of the marriage register

 

If the deceased was widowed, we need the original:

  • Marriage certificate (If the marriage certificate is not in German, we need a translation too) and
  • Death certificate (If the death certificate is not in German, we need a translation too)

If you do not have the marriage and death certificate, we need a certified copy of the marriage register.

 

If the deceased was divorced, we also need the original:

  • Current marriage certificate with a legal divorce statement (If this is not in German, we need a translation too)* or
  • Certified copy of the marriage register with an official notice of divorce

* If you cannot show a current marriage certificate, please present a legally binding divorce decree – with a translation if it is not in German. This might be needed if the marriage happened abroad.

 

If the deceased was a displaced person or late repatriate, we also need the original:

  • Registration document and identification card for displaced persons or
  • Naturalisation certificate
  • Documents of possible name changes and/or
  • Proof of any name declaration in line with § 94 of the Federal Displaced Persons Act ("BVFG").

 

If the deceased was a foreign national, we also need the original:

  • Passport of the deceased and of their spouse

 

Fees

  • Death certificate (A4, A5 or international certificate): € 11.00
  • Each extra copy of the death certificate: € 5.50
  • Issue of a mortuary passport: € 28.00
  • Search fee for looking through civil status records, information from the registers, and collective files (every 15 minutes spent looking): € 12,50
  • Postage and packing: € 4.05