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Consular Registration of Death

Consulate General of Chile San Francisco

870 Market Street, Suite 1058, San Francisco, California 94102

Phone: +1(415) 982-7662 / +1(415) 982-7665 Fax: +1(415) 982-2384

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm

In Person Appts: 8:30am-1:30pm

Phone Hours: 1:30-3:30pm

Consular Registrations of Death is the registration with the Chilean Civil Registry and Identification Services reporting a death that has taken place abroad, and which is desired to be registered in the Civil Registry and Identification Services

Procedures at the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco:

  • The request for a Consular Registration of Death must be presented by either an immediate family member or an authorized third party. The person who requests the process must present the deceased's passport, driver's license or chilean identification card, and the birth certificate.
  • The deceased must be a Chilean citizen either of origin or through naturalization. If the deceased was a foreigner who married a Chilean citizen and their marriage was registered in a Chilean Consulate, the death can be registered directly to the Civil Registry and Identification Service in Chile.
  • If the deceased lost their Chilean citizenship, the registration request must be done directly with the Civil Registry and Identification Service in Chile along with a death certificate that has been legalized by the authorities of the country of residence of the deceased; this, together with an authentication provided by the Consulate General of Chile San Francisco. The Consul's signature must be authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile (Legalization Department). This also requires an official translation which must take place in the Translation Department of that Ministry.
  • To begin the process, send the following documents in PDF to Ms. Jacqueline Jorquera Lorca, e-mail: jjorquera@minrel.gob.cl:

- Consular Service Form completed

- The original Death Certificate issued by the proper authorities within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Chile San Francisco (See Jurisdiction here)

- An unofficial Spanish translation of the Death Certificate.

- The deceased's birth certificate to prove nationality, Chilean Identification Card or passport.

- Chilean or foreign Marriage Certificate or Book if the deceased was married to register widow or survivor (Optional).

  • In the case that the deceased was a minor, the full name of both parents is required.
  • If needed, any other documents will be requested by e-mail.
  • To finish the process, the applicants shall make an appointment with Ms. Jacqueline Jorquera, email: jjorquera@minrel.gob.cl to personally sign the registration. Bring all documents in original and one copy each. The original documents will be returned except the original death certificate, which will be sent to Chile to finish the registration process.
  • This registration costs US$5.00 (five dollars).- Fees for procedures at the Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco must be paid at the Consulate with debit or credit card VISA, MASTERCARD or DISCOVER. The Consulate General in San Francisco also accepts payments by Money Order issued by the U.S. Postal Service payable to "CONSULATE GENERAL OF CHILE". The Consulate General does not accept wire transfers, personal checks or any form of cash.
  • The applicant should be aware that on the day of the appointment the wait for the procedure will be of around one hour. One should also be aware that the Civil Registry in Chile may take between 3 and 6 months to register the death in Chile.
  • If the death certificate provided in the United States needs to be legalized, there is an additional fee of US$12.00.- The document must be translated into Spanish (an unofficial translation).

Considerations in the case that remains are being sent to Chile:

If the remains are being sent to a relative or person in Chile, the following is needed:

  • Original Death Certificate
  • Transit Permit approved by the corresponding authority.
  • Embalming or Cremation Certificate
  • A letter from the Crematory Service or the funeral home that will embalm the body which certifies that the ashes of the remains belong to the deceased.
  • Additionally, if the transit permit and the letter are authorized in California, they must be authenticated by a notary and certified by the corresponding County Clerk. If the notary is from another state within the jurisdiction of this Consulate, the signature of that notary must be certified by the corresponding Secretary of State.

For further questions contact Ms. Jacqueline Jorquera at jjorquera@minrel.gob.cl

or call to +1 (415) 982-7665, preferably between 1:30- 3:30 pm