How to Obtain a Death Certificate in Brazil - A Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

Obtaining a death certificate in Brazil is an essential process for legal and administrative purposes following the death of a loved one. This document verifies the death and records essential details such as the date, time, and cause of death. The death certificate is required for various tasks, including the settlement of estates, insurance claims, and other legal matters.

Who needs it?

This service is necessary for individuals who need to legally confirm the death of a relative or loved one in Brazil. This includes family members, legal representatives, and individuals handling estate settlements, insurance processes, and other legalities requiring a formal death verification.


  1. Visit a Civil Registry Office (Cartório de Registro Civil) in the Brazilian state where the death occurred.
  2. Provide the necessary personal information such as the deceased’s full name, date of birth, and date of death.
  3. Submit the required documents including proof of identity and any existing death records.
  4. Pay any applicable fees for the issuance of the death certificate.
  5. Wait for the processing time, which can vary but typically takes a few hours to several days.

Required documents

  • Identification Documents: Valid documents proving the identity of the person requesting the certificate (such as a passport or ID card).
  • Death Declaration: The declaration issued by the attending physician or hospital confirming the death.
  • Previous Records: Any previous documentation related to the deceased, such as birth certificates or marriage certificates.
  • Proof of Relationship: Documents proving the relationship to the deceased (if applicable).

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Additional details

  • Online Services: Some states offer the possibility to request a death certificate online through their official portals.
  • Fees: The cost for a death certificate can vary depending on the state and the service chosen (regular or expedited).
  • Translations: If the requester needs the document for international purposes, consider getting an official translation of the certificate into the required language.


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