Register a Death
Why Register a Death?
By law all deaths in Northern Ireland must be registered in Northern Ireland. A death should be registered as soon as possible to allow funeral arrangements to be made but no later than 5 days from the date of occurrence except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner.
What do You Need to Register a Death?
A medical certificate of cause of death issued by a doctor who has treated the deceased within twenty-eight days before the date of death. If the deceased had not been seen by a doctor within that period or where the death was not caused by natural illness the case would have been referred to the Coroner - The Registrar or Funeral Director will advise you.
Death Referred to a Coroner
If a death has been referred to the Coroner, the Funeral Director will obtain the necessary Burial/Cremation Orders from the Coroner's Office so that the funeral arrangements can proceed.
The death can be registered and a Death Certificate issued only after the Registrar has received the necessary certificate from the Coroner. When the Registrar's office receives the appropriate form they will contact a relative of the deceased and ask them to call and register the death.
What Does it Cost to Register a Death?
There is no cost for registering a death. The only cost will be for copies of the death certificate, if required.
Where Can a Death be Registered?
With effect from 3rd of October 2011 a death that occurs in Northern Ireland can be registered in any district in Northern Ireland.
Who Can register a Death?
- Any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details required to be registered (this includes a relative by marriage).
- A person present at the death.
- A person taking care of the funeral arrangements.
- The executor or administrator of the deceased's estate.
- The governor, matron or chief officer of a public building where the death occurred.
- A person living in and responsible for a house, lodgings or apartments where the death occurred.
- A person finding the body, or a person taking charge of the body.
What Information Will You Need to Give the Registrar?
- Full name and surname of the deceased.
- Date and place of death and usual address.
- Marital status (single, married, widowed or divorced).
- Date and place of birth.
- Occupation of the deceased (if the deceased was a wife or widow, the full names and occupation of her husband or deceased husband will be required. If the deceased was a child, the full names and occupation of the father will be required or where the parents are not married the full names and occupation of the mother will be required).
- Maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who had married)
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.
- The name and address of the deceased's GP.
What Will the Registrar Give You?
Once the registration is complete the Registrar will issue you with a GRO 21 which permits the burial or cremation to take place, and a Form 36 for production to the Social Security Offices regarding benefits.
For further details visit the General Registrar of Northern Ireland: