Death Certificate application

Any person may apply for a copy of a Death Certificate provided that the deceased person's death has been registered with the South African Government. The fact that the deceased may have died in South Africa does not necessarily mean that the death was registered with the South African Government.

  1. Form BI-132: Application for a Death Certificate - completed in full.
  2. Fees for a Death certificate: Non-refundable fee of AUD 6.00 for each certificate.

Payment must be in Australian Dollars (AUD) made out to the "South African High Commission" by way of Postal Money Order or Bank Cheque.

One bank cheque or Postal Money Order for the total amount / whole family is preferred. Personal cheques or credit cards are NOT accepted.

Incorrect payment will not be accepted; in case of incorrect payment the cheque or postal money order will be returned to applicant.

  • For applications originating from within Australia - a Self-addressed Express or Registered Post Envelope (only one envelope per family).

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Please note that the South African authorities will only process applications completed IN FULL DETAIL.

A copy of any previous certificate issued should be included to facilitate the location of the record.

The tracing of original records in the register held by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria is a time consuming task with the result processing of applications are likely to take approximately 12 months or longer. Due to the nature of these applications, we do not accept telephone inquiries on the progress of the applications.

If you wish advice on family research, you may contact the following genealogists:

  • Valda Napier
    PO Box 4882
    Randburg 2125
    Republic of South Africa
    +27 (011) 787 7820

  • Knowledge Tec
    Private Bag X41
    Pretoria 0001
    Republic of South Africa

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