Death Certificate application
New Zealand applicants, please follow this link.
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.
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.
Return Postage: (New Zealand applicants, please follow this link).
Postal Address: (New Zealand applicants, please follow this link).
South African High Commission
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.
Unfortunately 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 applications are likely to take six to nine months. Due to the nature of these applications, the Mission does not accept telephone inquiries on the progress of the applications. If a request must be made, please put this in writing at least three months after the application has been initiated and it will be referred to the appropriate section at the Department of Home Affairs, Pretoria.
If you wish advice on family research, you may contact the following genealogists:
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