ELIGIBILITYELIGIBILITY

Registration of death occurred outside Sri Lanka to Sri Lankan passport holder/ dual citizenship holder can be registered. The declaration should be submitted within three (3) months of such death to the relevant Diplomatic/consular officer, If not after three (3) months and within one year the Diplomatic/consular officer should record the reason for the delay and effect the registration. After a year if the registration is not done it should get the consent of the Registrar General.

PROVISIONS

A death can be registered under the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration act (CHAPTER 110 ) and section 7 of the Consular Functions Act no.4 of 1981 and the consular functions( amendments) act no.18 of 2006.

The required documents for the registration of a Death

  • Declaration form filled by the declarant, Documents to prove the  identification of the declarant.
  • Submit a document to prove the deceased is a citizen of Sri Lanka.
  • Death certificate issued by the relevant country /Hospital records of deceased
  • If the cause of the death is not included in Death certificate issued by the relevant country, It should be proved by supporting documents.
  • Birth certificate of the deceased.
  • Cargo receipts will be needed, if the death is been registered in Sri Lanka
  • Documents to prove the identification of the declarant.

Eligible to apply for registration of a death

  • The nearest relative of the deceased who was present at the time of the death or the person in attendance to the last illness of the deceased.
  • A relative of the deceased who resides in the country where the death occurred.
  • If there is no such relative any other person who was present at the death.
  • The main occupant of the house where the death occurred.
  • The officer in charge of the hospital or public institution where the death occurred.
  • If there are no such persons the person who takes action to dispose the body of the deceased by burial, cremation or any other means.

Submission of documentsSubmission of documents

If a death occurred in a foreign country, declaration for registration of a death should be forwarded to the relevant Sri Lankan embassy/High Commission.

If it is not been registered and If the declarant are living in Sri Lanka declaration for registration of a death should be forwarded to the Central Record Room of the Registrar General’s Department, Maligawatte, Colombo 10.

Process of chargesProcess of charges

£10(Sterling Pounds), $13(USDOLLAR), €11 (Euro), should be paid for registration and issuance of death certificate to the relevant Embassy or High commission.
If the declaration is submitted to the Central Record Room of Registrar General Department, Rs.2170 should be paid to the consular section of the Ministry of External Affairs and have to hand over the receipt to the central record room.

 Hours of business

Central record room is open from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Except for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Working hours in the relevant Embassies/ High Commissions varies. Visit the relevant embassy/ High Commission web sites.
 
Return of the death certificate


The person who presented the declaration.
Inquiries

  • Relevant Sri Lankan Embassy/High Commission or Consular Affairs Division of Ministry of External Affairs,
         Ceylinco building, Janathipathi Mawataha, Colombo 01
                 Tel no: +94112446302, +9433881
  • Central Record Room of the Registrar General’s Department, Maligawatta, Colombo 10.

Tel no;+94112329773, +942433075

 

 

 

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