How to Request Official Documents from the Ministry of Interior of the State of Israel

According to the privacy laws in Israel, many documents are closed to the general public for 70 years. In addition, only first degree relatives can receive the information. In some instances various offices extend this period up to 100 years.

Birth Certificates

Only the person himself or a first-degree relative can get a birth certificate. If otherwise, an explanation is required, possibly a legal document stating why one needs this information and feels he/she is entitled to it. The request requires the identification number of the person for which one is looking. The official procedure to follow is available in Hebrew, and in English. You can ask for a birth certificate in Hebrew or English or both. If the request is for someone born before 1955, it is important to include the place of residence of the parents at the time of the birth.

Birth certificates for the later Mandate period (1930’s & 1940’s) may be available through the Ministry of Interior. At a local level, some of the towns and settlements have ledgers where the births were recorded.

Official website of the Ministry of Interior dealing with birth certificates for those born in Israel.

Death Certificates

Only first-degree relatives may request a death certificate. If otherwise, an explanation is required possibly a legal document stating why one needs this information and feels he/she is entitled to it. This request has to be handed in personally. The official website of the Ministry of Interior deals with death certificates for persons who died in Israel.  The following information is required:

  • Identity number of the deceased
  • Details of the deceased as they were recorded at the time of death: given name, surname, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, Hebrew date of birth, status (married, single, widow, divorced), nationality, date of death, place of death
  • Do you request the cause of death
  • Request form filled out as required

If the request is for someone who died before 1955, it is important to include the place of residence of the deceased at the time of death.

If you do not have the required information or are not a first degree relative, you can apply to receive the last known address of the person which may yield the date of death.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Mitra Abidi

    How can I find my grandmother’s Teudat Zehut? She left Israel in the late 40s/early 50s.

  2. moshe cochavi

    I am looking for a document in Israel of my father named Avraham Stern
    Date of birth 24/5/1918 in Germany who died on 27/5/2001
    In Herzliya
    And changed the family name from Stern to Kochavi on 17/4/1947

  3. It is in the collection. If you register you will see it exists. In order to download a copy of the scanned page, you will have to become a member of the association.

  4. Todd Cohn

    Do you have to be an Israeli citizen to submit an “Application to Obtain Information from the Population Registry (locating an address, clarifying a name)”?
    Thank you.

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