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Your Basic Guide to Death Certificate Attestation

It is mandatory to get a death certificate of the deceased family member in each of the emirates in the UAE. First, you have to report the death of the person to the authorities. If you are unavailable, your family member or relative can also report the death. However, if death happens at a hospital, then the death is reported by a medical practitioner. Then, the authorities issue the certificate with the mention of the date and time of the death, cause of death, place of death, and other important details.

When do I need a death certificate of the deceased family member in the UAE?

A Death Certificate is useful in various legal processes. But, before that, you need to go for death certificate attestation because it is necessary in the UAE. Important documents like birth certificates and death certificates are required to be attested because attestation helps eliminate all the clouds of doubt associated with the authenticity of the documentation. Such authentication is also a legal requirement for all foreign-related processes.

You might need the death certificate attestation for several purposes, such as:

  • When you are the beneficiary of the insurance and you need to claim
  • In legal procedures
  • Settlement of property benefaction or ownership

What documents will I need for death certificate attestation?

  • Original copy of the death certificate of the deceased family member
  • Copy of the passport of the deceased member if applicable
  • Declaration form
  • Power of attorney if asked

What is the procedure of death certificate attestation in Dubai, UAE?

Standard steps included in the process of death certificate attestation, followed in India for your Dubai visit, stay, or residency, are as follows:

  1. Legal Translation of the Original Certificate (If required)

If the death certificate or any supporting document is not in English, it needs to be legally translated before the attestation process. Always use the translation with the original certificate.

  1. Notary Attestation

The first step of attestation starts with attestation from a notary as it is the regional level authority. You will need to get the signature and stamp from Notary Public on the death certificate and it can be easily found in district court premises or around government offices.

  1. State-Level Attestation

Now, you need to get the stamp and signature from the State Level Officer who could be a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or the State Home Ministry.

  1. MEA Attestation

Now, the death certificate needs to be verified and attested by the Ministry of External Affairs. Once the concerned officer sees the stamps and signatures from the notary and state-level authority and assures that the certificate is genuine, an MEA stamp is placed on the death certificate.

  1. UAE Embassy Attestation

After the MEA attestation, all documents, including death certificates, are presented to the UAE Embassy. They will verify your application with the concerned authorities before attestation.

  1. MOFA Attestation

This is the final step of any document or certificate attestation process for the UAE. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) is responsible for further attestation process. Once the death certificate is verified by the MoFA, the death certificate is deemed to be genuine anywhere in the UAE.

To make your attestation process easier and exhaustion-free, hire a reliable attestation service provider as they are skilled with the process and know all the points where people usually make mistakes. They ensure that the process followed for death certificate attestation is accurate.

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