How to Obtain a Burial Permit In Uganda

Obtain a Burial Permit In Uganda By Yourself

A. A. When a doctor attests to the reason for the death

Step 1 : Request a the Register for Death Certificate (Form 12)

  • In the event that the individual’s death is a result of the hospital or a medical professional has verified the reason for death. The person should ask to be issued the registry of death Form 12 from the hospital or medical professional.
  • The hospital or medical professional must complete the Form No. 12. Register of death, in triple copies detailing the specifics related to death. The information contained in the Register of Death includes
  1. The full name of deceased
  2. Date of death
  3. gender
  4. the age of the deceased ( months and years)
  5. occupation
  6. The exact location of the death
  7. the usual location of residence
  8. the cause of the death (immediate cause)
  9. Other important information that could lead to the death
  • When the form 12 is completed After completing it, you will be provided with two duplicates of the form to show to the district registrar’s office.
2. Get a the Disposal Permit (Burial or Cremation)

  • In order to obtain a disposal permit (burial or cremation) this duplicate certificate is required to be submitted to the district registrar’s office.
  • Go to your local Division Town Clerkor Sub County Sub County Chief Office of where the death took place and submit the death certificate (Form 12.) to fill out the application.
  • You must provide an National Identification Card or Birth Certificate of the deceased at the office of the registrar.
  • After submitting the form 12 together with all the required documents to the office of the registrar you will receive an burial permit.
B. In the absence of a medical certificate as to the reason for death

1. Get a the death certificate

  • Go to your nearest station where the incident occurred, and make a report of the death.
  • The officer who is in charge of the police will conduct an interview to determine your cause for death, as well as your relationship to the deceased.
  • The officer from the police department will give you a fatal investigation.
Step 2: Apply for a Possession Permit (Burial or Cremation)

  • Go to your local Division the Town Clerk or Sub-County Sub county Chief in the location the county where the death occurred, and show the death report released by police.
  • The town clerk or district registrar will interview the person applying to establish the relationship between him/her and the deceased and the reason for the death.
  • You must provide your National Identification Card or Birth Certificate of the deceased at the Town clerk’s registrar’s office.
  • You will then be provided the Form. 12. Register of Deceased to fill in. The following details are needed to fill out form No. 12
  1. Names of the deceased
  2. Date of death
  3. Gender
  4. Age of the deceased (years as well as months)
  5. Occupation
  6. Where exactly was the death
  7. The usual place of residence
  8. Death as a cause (apparent reason) (Natural or non-natural)
  • After submitting the form 12 along with the necessary documents, you will receive an official burial permit.

NOTE:A notification Record for the death of a patient within a medical facility must contain a form that has been certified and stamped by the hospital’s administrator or the hospital’s superintendent.

Step 3: Get Disposal Permit (death occurred in the Community)

  • In the case of a death that occurred within the community, a death notification record must include an official document stamped and signed by the Division Town Clerk and Sub County Sub county Chief and will include specifics about the incident:
  1. Death date.
  2. The time of death.
  3. Name of deceased.
  4. The Place of Death

Required Documents For Obtain a Burial Permit

  • A death Notification Record.
  • The NIRA Death notification form 12 completed and completed by the Notifier.
  • A certificate of cause of Death.
  • The Police Report where Applicable.
  • Copies of National ID of Notifier.
  • Nationwide ID that is the ID of the Deceased.

Office Locations and Contacts

National Identification and Registration Authority:
National Independence Grounds,Kololo Airstrip
P.O.Box 26529, Kampala-Uganda
Tel(Reception): +256 312119600

For Information regarding the National Identity Registration
Call: +256 312119631/+256 312119639

For inquiries on Birth, Death, and Adoption Order Registration
Call: +256 312119601

For inquiries regarding Public Relations
Call: +256 312119605
Site: National identification and registration Authority

Uganda Registration Services Bureau
Lot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O.Box 84848 Kampala Uganda
URSB General Line: +256 414 233 219
Registrar General: +256 414 235 915
Fax: Fax Line +256 414250 712
E-mail :
Site: URSB

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
P.O BOX 7279
TEL: 0417-442054.
Website:Uganda Revenue Authority


  • A next-of-kin or relatives of the deceased at the date of death of deceased, or living or being located in the same location as the deceased
  • the owner of the home where to the individual’s awareness, the death occurred or an inmate of the home where the death took place , or any person who is able to locate or take responsibility for the corpse of the dead or in the process of causing that body or the remains of the dead to be removed or disposed of in accordance with the order in which it was placed.
  • Medical officer in the event that the death took place in the hospital
  • An officer of the law If the death took place in a prison or as an accident


  • The application is completely free for download.


  • A burial certificate is in effect up to the time the time of the burial. It then loses its validity.

Processing Time

  • A burial certificate is granted on the date of the application.
  • Each death must be recorded the moment it occurs and, in any event, not later than three months after the date of death.


  • When you register the death of a loved person and you are granted a burial permit by the authority issuing the permit You can then begin the funeral arrangements
  • The burial permit you were required to obtain to obtain the death certificate.
  • Request a cause of death from the hospital or a medical professional (Form No. 12.) and a formal death certificate from the police
  • Bring the death certificate or certificate of die report at the Division Town Clerk in the sub county the Sub County Chief Office with the identification documents of the deceased
  • Give the pertinent details to the Town clerk to get a burial permits.

The Information You Need

In relation to the deceased

  • Full names of the deceased and their sex, date of birth or age, the place of residence usual, Date of Death, the place of the occurrence,

Concerning the death

  • The date of the death. date of registration, Location of occurrence, cause to die, the Certifier Place of incident (hospital or home etc.) job, exact location of death.
  • Other important information that could lead to the death

The Document is required

  • A burial permit is required in Uganda for burial or cremating the body of a deceased person in Uganda.
  • There is a law prohibiting burial with no permit in Uganda that states: It is unlawful to be allowed to bury, cremaate or otherwise dispose of the body of a deceased person, whose death of which registration is mandatory without a permit that has been that is issued in accordance with the births and Deaths Registration Act.

Other uses for the document/certificate

Certificates of the cause of death

  1. If there is a death that occurs in Uganda of anyone who was taken care of during the time of his illness by a physician the doctor will sign an official certificate that identifies to the highest possible knowledge of him and his belief, the causes of death.
  2. Any physician who fails or fails with a an excuse of reasonableness to observe this requirement will constitute an infraction and subject to an amount not exceeding 200 shillings.

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