The government has said that Aadhaar will be required to obtain a death certificate from October 1, 2017. The Home Ministry said the move will check identity fraud.
Anyone applying for death certificate is required to provide Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased and other details as sought in the application.
For now, the move will be applicable to residents of all states except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya, said the Home Ministry.
“The Aadhaar number will be required for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased for the purpose of death registration with effect from October 1,” said the notification.
The office of the Registrar General, which functions under the Home Ministry, said the use of Aadhaar will result in ensuring accuracy of the details provided by the relatives or dependents or acquaintances of the deceased.
“It 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,” the notification said.
The Registrar General has directed all states and union territories to ensure compliance by the registration authorities concerned and send a confirmation on or before September 1.
If the applicant is not aware of the Aadhaar number or EID of the deceased, he/she will be required to provide a certificate that the deceased person does not possess Aadhaar number to the best of his/her knowledge.
Any false declaration given by the applicant will be treated as an offence as per the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969.
The applicant’s Aadhaar number will also be collected along with the Aadhaar number of the spouse or parents of the deceased.
(With inputs from PTI)