Many people do not know how to get a copy of a South African death certificate or how to register a death. It is difficult enough to come to terms with someone’s death. Dealing with legal procedures to resolve family matters is the last thing you need to worry about.


To complete processes such as estate settlements, insurance benefit claims, and pension settlements, as well as to close the case for surviving family members, copies of death certificates are required. These can’t be obtained online through the Department of Home Affairs. But, DocAssist can help.

What Happens If a South African Dies Abroad?

It is necessary to notify the nearest SA embassy or mission if a South African citizen dies abroad. A death certificate must be issued by the country where the death occurred. Following that, a copy of the foreign death certificate is sent to the South African embassy or mission.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Copy of a South African Death Certificate?

Obtaining a copy of a death certificate can take anywhere between two and six weeks. This, of course, is dependent upon how easy it is to locate the records in the archives.

Can I Get a Copy of Death Certificate Online in South Africa? How Do I Apply?

Follow the steps outlined above if you require a South African death certificate or if you need a copy of the abridged or unabridged death certificate. As part of the new certificate application process, you need to complete and obtain a Notification of Death form.


If you have supporting documents, we recommend submitting them so that we can obtain the certificate on your behalf. This includes identification documents and details related to the death.


DocAssist is a South African legal document assistance service. If you need a copy of a death certificate or a death certificate, we can help. We will apply for the certificate on your behalf and expedite the process. Please contact us today to arrange the processing of your South African death certificates promptly!


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