Death certificate

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What is a death certificate?

This document legally certifies the death of a person. According to article 8 of decree 1260 from 1970, a death certificate in Colombia must include the date of death, the name and gender of the deceased.


  • National ID card of the person carrying out the process.
  • Medical death certificate.
  • Legal order, if the person’s death was violent.
  • In the case of a person who is presumed dead but disappeared, a judicial order is required.
  • If the death is not reported in the following two days, it is necessary to attach a judicial order.

Frequently Asked Questions

If a Colombian dies overseas, where is the death registered?

In the Colombian consulate of the country where the death occurred, or in a notary and/or in a national civil registry.

How does one acquire a death certificate?

The interested party must present their identification document and proof od death (certificate expedited by a doctor) in the registration bureau or a notary, detailing where the death occurred or where the body was found, this must take place within the next two days after the death occurred.

How does one proceed under a violent death?

This death must be processed under a judicial authorization.

Which deaths must be registered?

A death is registered when any Colombian or foreigner passes away in national territory, or a Colombian residente in a foreign country, be it through a natural, violent or presumed (decreed by a judge) death.

Which people can register a death?

  • The surviving spouse.
  • A relative who is older and closest in age.
  • The doctor who attended the deceased.
  • An employee from the funerary home who worked on the funeral rites.
  • The director or administrator of the establishment where the death occurred.
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