Death registration of foreign citizens

Death registration of foreign citizens

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Death registration of foreign citizens

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 deaths of foreign citizens without German civil status certificates.

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 

All topics at a glance

Service Description

Registration of deaths is possible daily during the opening hours of the Registry Office (“Standesamt”). Outside opening hours, this is only possible after making an appointment by telephone.

Required documents

For foreign nationals, we generally require the passport of the deceased and of the spouse.

 

Please note the following:
Translations of documents must be made according to ISO standards.


Was the deceased single?
We need the original:

  • birth certificate with translation
  • or an international certificate

 

Was the deceased married?
We need the original:

  • marriage certificate with translation. If this certificate does not indicate dates and places of birth of the spouses, we also need a birth certificate of the deceased with translation or an international certificate.

 

Was the deceased widowed?
We need the original:

  • marriage certificate and a death certificate with translations. If the marriage certificate does not indicate the date and place of birth of the deceased, we also need a birth certificate with translation or an international certificate.

 

Was the deceased divorced abroad?
We need the original:

  • marriage certificate and a legally binding divorce decree with translations. The legal validity of the foreign divorce decree must be checked again in Germany. Experience has shown that this takes some time.

If the marriage certificate does not indicate the date and place of birth of the deceased, we also need a birth certificate with a translation or an international certificate.

 

Was the deceased naturalised?

We require further documents in addition to those already mentioned:

  • the original certificate of naturalisation.
  • If the name of the deceased was changed after naturalisation, we also need the original name declaration.

What else should I know?

International repatriation:


In order to be able to repatriate a deceased person abroad, in addition to the certificates issued by us, you will also need:

  • the clearance certificate (“Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung”) of a doctor.

    If you have not received a clearance certificate, please contact the Local Health AuthorityInternal Link (“Gesundheitsamt”), after registering the death at the Registry Office (“Standesamt”):

    Local Health Authority (“Gesundheitsamt”)

    Breite Gasse 28, 60313 Frankfurt am Main

     

  • a corpse transit permitInternal Link (“Leichenpass”). You can obtain this at the Registry Office.