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Death certificate: request for full copy

Verified 11 March 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

A full copy of the death certificate may be issued to any person who so requests. The process of obtaining it depends on the place of death. They're free.

Deaths in France

The complete copy shall reproduce in full the information contained in the death certificate entered in the register of civil status.

It states:

  • Date, time and place of death
  • First names, surname, date and place of birth, profession and domicile of the deceased
  • First names, names, occupations and homes of his parents
  • First and last names of Civil partnership partner
  • Given names, name, age, occupation and domicile of the declarant (if applicable, his or her degree of kinship with the deceased)

FYI  

death is mentioned in the margin of the deceased's birth certificate.

Any person may apply for a death certificate, without any specific justification.

You can apply either to the town hall of the deceased's place of death or to the town hall of the deceased's last domicile.

On site

The request can be made at the ticket office by giving the name and first name of the deceased and the date of death.

No documents are required.

Who shall I contact

By mail

The request may be sent by post on free paper, specifying the name and first names of the deceased and the date of death.

Who shall I contact

Free

Online

The document is sent to the applicant's home and usually arrives within days.

However, the delivery time may vary depending on the processing by the City Hall services and the delivery time of the mail.

On site

The document is issued immediately.

By mail

The document is sent to the applicant's home and usually arrives within days.

However, the delivery time may vary depending on the processing by the City Hall services and the delivery time of the mail.

Foreigner death

The complete copy shall reproduce in full the information contained in the death certificate entered in the register of civil status.

It states:

  • Date, time and place of death
  • First names, surname, date and place of birth, profession and domicile of the deceased
  • First names, names, occupations and homes of his parents
  • First and last names of Civil partnership partner
  • Given names, name, age, occupation and domicile of the declarant (if applicable, his or her degree of kinship with the deceased)

FYI  

death is mentioned in the margin of the deceased's birth certificate.

Any person may apply for a death certificate, without any specific justification.

Online

To apply online, you must create a Service-Public.fr account or connect with FranceConnect.

When the act is available, you will need to log in again: you can download it in PDF format on your personal space. You can also ask to receive it by mail.

The document shall include the electronic signature of a registrar.

Foreigner Death Request - Free Service

By mail

You must apply to the Nantes Central Registry Office (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The application may be made on free paper, specifying the name and first names of the deceased and the date of death.

Who shall I contact

FYI  

to obtain a copy of a death certificate from a deceased foreign person in the foreigner, you must contact the authority that issued the certificate in the country concerned.

Free

Online

The time limit for issuing an act is approximately 10 calendar days. The document includes the electronic signature of a registrar.

To get it, you have to sign in to your Service-Public.fr account. You can download the PDF document in your personal space online.

By mail

The time limit for issuing an act is approximately 10 calendar days, increased by the time of delivery by post.