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Registering a death

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The registration of a death is a legal requirement. The death must be registered within the space of 24 hours or on the next working day.
It must always be registered at the Town Hall in the place of death.
A death may be registered by any person, a member of the family or the firm of undertakers.
The firm of undertakers will deal with the formalities.

Procedure and formalities for registering a death

The person must first have the death confirmed.
The doctor will issue a medical certificate of death, (except in the case of violent death, accident, suicide etc.., where the person must report the death at the police station or gendarmerie)
The person should report the death at the Town Hall and produce the following documents:
one of his/her own identity documents (national identity card, passport etc..),
the medical certificate of death issued by the doctor, (the police station or gendarmerie in the case of a violent death),
all other documentation relating to the deceased which the declarant may have: livret de famille (family record book), identity card, birth or marriage certificate.
Following notification of the death, the registrar draws up a death certificate which will be required for all administrative matters relating to the deceased.
The death certificate carries the surname and forename(s) of the deceased and details of the declarant who signed the document.
A death may also be pre-registered online using the citizens’ website