Registering a death
The Births and Deaths Registration Act
requires that a personíŽs death be reported to any one of
the following people:
Specific officers at the Department of
South African Police Service members,
especially in areas where the Department of Home Affairs
has no offices
South African mission, embassy or
consulate, if the death occurred abroad
Funeral undertakers who are appointed and
recognised by the law
Reporting a death that occurred outside
Deaths of South African citizens and
South African permanent residence permit holders that
occur outside South Africa must be reported to the South
Africa Liaison Office in Taipei. Please provide the
office with an authenticated death certificate issued
here in Taiwan when reporting a death.
If the deceased is to be buried in South
Africa, LOSA will assist with the paperwork and
arrangements with regards to transportation of the body
to South Africa.
The family should please provide the
Mission with one nodal contact in Taiwan and one in
South Africa for communication purposes.
Please provide the Mission with the
ID and passport of the deceased
Written instruction on the Next of Kin
appointed by the family to communicate with the Mission.
(proof of kinship may be requested)
Details regarding Mortuary and
undertakers (if available)
Details of the attending doctors /
LOSA will issue you with forms which you
must take to the attending physician, pathologist and
undertaker appointed by the family. Once the forms are
completed they must be returned to LOSA
LOSA or DIRCO will not be financially
responsible for any cost relating to the repatriation of
a South African National.
Issuing of death certificates
The Department of Home Affairs will issue
a Death Certificate on receipt of the notification of
death (Form BI-1663) and the Death Report (Form
An abridged death certificate will be
issued free of charge. If you require an unabridged
death certificate please inform the Consular Clerk
assisting you so that you can completed a BI-132
form and paying the required fee.
If you require the authentication of the
document please inform the Consular Clerk who will
advise you on the process.
Erroneously/ Fraudulently registered
If a person has been erroneously or
fraudulently recorded as dead in the National Population
Register (i.e. they are still alive) this must be
reported as soon as possible to the nearest Department
of Home Affairs office for urgent investigation and
It is very important that the
family should please provide the Mission
with one nodal contact for communication purposes.