Aadhaar number required for death registration from October 1 Updated

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Update (Aug 5, 2017) – As clarified by the Home Ministry on Aug 4th Late Evening, Aadhaar is not Mandatory for the death registration but it a required document if available.

Today the Home ministry has announced that Aadhaar number is mandatory for the registration of the death, effective from October 1st.

The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of Death Certificate will result in ensuring accuracy of the details provided by the relatives/ dependents / acquaintances of the deceased. It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud.

Any applicant applying for death certificate has to provide Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID (EID) Number of the deceased person for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased.

In case of decease not possessing the Aadhaar Number, the applicant is required to provide a certificate that the deceased person does not possess the number. Also any false declaration given by the applicant in this regard will be treated as an offence as per the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

The home ministry also says that this will do away with establishing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person.

This provision by Government will come into effect from 1st October for all the states except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. A separate date will be announced for these respective states.

According to the Home ministry

the provision will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person. Further, it will obviate the need for producing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person

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