Surviving member certificate or legal heir certificate is a certificate provided by the Revenue Department of the State to identify the legal heirs of a deceased person. This certificate involves the details like the name, age, relationship with the dead person.
Who All Are Entitled to Surviving Member Certificate?
- Individual who is a citizen of India.
- Class I legal heir under the Hindu Succession Act.
- If no Class I legal heir, then other heirs as per the Hindu Succession Act.
Purpose of Surviving Member Certificate
- To obtain ownership/right in immovable property.
- For transferring or selling assets of the deceased person.
- To claim insurance in the name of the deceased.
- To prove the relationship between the legal heir and deceased.
- To obtain benefits relating to government welfare schemes.
- To receive a pension, provident fund, gratuity in the name of the deceased.
The legal heir is required to apply before the concerned Tehsildar office to obtain surviving member certificate. In Delhi, a legal heir can apply before the concerned SDM/Tehsildar of their area to procure a surviving member certificate. Documents required to be submitted are:
- Application form filled and signed by the legal heir.
- Identity proof of the applicant and all the surviving family members (Aadhaar Card, PAN card, Voter ID, Passport, Driving Licence, etc.)
- Present and permanent address proof of the applicant (Aadhaar Card, PAN card, electricity bill, Passport, Voter ID, water bill, Driving License, ration card, rent agreement, etc.)
- Death certificate of the deceased person.
- Duly signed self-declaration form along with the application.
- One passport-sized coloured photograph of the applicant and all the surviving members.
- Any other document sought by the issuing authority.
Note: Applicant must submit the self-attested copy of all the original documents.
Ankita Trivedi has written this post. She is a practising advocate in New Delhi, having expertise in various legal fields.