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Death certificates

How do I get a death certificate legalised?

To have a death certificate legalised, you must send an email to [email protected] to request a death certificate signed with a physical signature. This physical signature is a precondition for legalisation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, you must state whether the death certificate should be in Danish, English or German. Please find more information here (only in Danish).

How do I get the Apostille?
Once you have obtained a certificate with a physical signature, you must make a purchase for the Apostille/legalisation as well as any return postage via our webshop. An Apostille/legalisation costs DKK 200. 

You can find the webshop guide here.

Once you have made your purchase, you must proceed with one of the following

  • Show up at our office during business hours with the certificate signed by an employee of “Sundhedsdatastyrelsen”. It must be the original document. A copy or scan of the signature cannot be accepted. Remember the receipt from the purchase. The document will be legalised while you wait.
  • Send us the original certificate (signed by “Sundhedsdatastyrelsen”) by post. Remember to enclose the receipt for the purchase and the return postage. The processing time for documents received by mail is up to 5 business days, counting from the day we receive the document in the office. We will then send the document back using the selected delivery method.

What if I already have an original death certificate?

If you already have an original death certificate signed and issued by a doctor/private physician, we can sometimes legalise the certificate immediately. We can only legalise the certificate if the doctor is registered in our system. If we do not have the doctor/signer in the system, we will need to contact the doctor and get confirmation that the signature is genuine. To speed up the process, you may request the doctor who signed the certificate to send an email with a scanned signature to our secure email address [email protected].