Aadhaar Number is mandatory for getting a death certificates. The rule comes into effect from 1st October 2017.
“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 a notification issued by the ministry.
The rule will come into force across the country except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya.
The use of Aadhaar number for the applicants of death certificate will result in ensuring accuracy of the details provided by the relatives/dependents/ acquaintances of the deceased and it will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud.
If any false declaration is given by the applicant, it will be treated as an offence, according to the provisions of the Aadhaar Act and the Registration of Birth and Death Act.
The government, also clarified that it was not mandatory. If an applicant is not aware of the Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased, he or she will be required to provide a certificate that the deceased person did not possess Aadhaar number to the best of their knowledge.