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Procedure descriptions

Request issuance of a mortuary passport

For the transfer of a corpse beyond the borders of the Federal Republic of Germany, you need a mortuary passport.

Responsible department

The competent authority is the municipality in whose district the death occurred.



All documents required for a burial in the ground must be available.


As a rule, you must apply for the multilingual mortuary passport in person at the municipality. However, the funeral home entrusted with the transport can also apply for the mortuary passport on your behalf.



Required documents

  • Death certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Authorisation of the local authority in whose district the death occurred (as long as the death certificate does not bear the endorsement of the registrar)
  • Authorisation of the public prosecutor's office or the district judge
    (in the case of indications of a death that was not natural or the body of a person unknown)


The costs vary depending on the municipality.




Bürger- und Standesamt (Bürgeramt)
Grabenstraße 15
89522 Heidenheim an der Brenz
Fax (0 73 21) 3 23-33 32