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Registering a Death

There is no cost to register a death. The registrar will issue a document to enable the funeral to take place and also a document for the DSS which will clear up any outstanding pension or benefit.

A relative of the deceased is best qualified to register the death although other people can do this in certain circumstances.

If the person registering the death requires certified copies of the death certificate to clear up any outstanding matters on the estate, there is a small cost involved payable direct to the registrar.

The registrar will issue a document to allow a burial or cremation to proceed if the coroner has not already done so. This document should be given to the funeral director as the burial or cremation cannot proceed without it.

If the deceased was attended by a doctor immediately prior to his/her death the doctor will usually issue a medical certificate stating the cause of death. This certificate must be presented to the registrar before the death can be registered.

In the event that the deceased was not attended by a doctor immediately prior to his/her death, the death will need to be reported to the coroner. The coroner may order a post mortem. If the coroner does not think an investigation is necessary he/she will issue a document to the registrar giving the cause of death. This document will have to be in the possession of the registrar before the death can be registered and it is advisable to check that the document has been received before attending the Registry Office.

The registrar will need:

  • The medical certificate
  • Date of death of the deceased
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date of birth of the deceased
  • Place of birth of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Address of the deceased
  • Your own name and address
  • Maiden name and husband's occupation and date of birth if the deceased was a married woman
Last modified: 19 April 2013