Attestation of Death

The Attestation of Death is a form (paper version only) that is completed by the physician who attests the death. It is an official attestation of the death of a person.

If the death cannot be attested by a physician within a reasonable timeframe and it is evident that the person has died, the Attestation of Death may be drawn up by two peace officers. They have the same obligations as a physician.

The physician generally gives both copies to the funeral director, who is responsible for giving one copy to the declarant and for immediately sending the other copy to the Directeur de l'état civil. The physician can also choose to send the Directeur de l'état civil his or her copy.

If the time of death is uncertain, the Directeur de l’état civil may establish it based on the coroner's report. If the place of death is unknown, the location where the body was found will be indicated on the Attestation of Death.

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Reviewed: 2019-10-24

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