Registering A Death

A death must be registered by law, usually within the registration county or area in which it occurred and usually within 5 days. Under normal circumstances the doctor’s certificate stating the cause of death should be taken to the Registrar’s office along with the deceased’s medical card and birth certificate (if they are available to you).

This is an easy process, the Registrar will ask you some simple questions about the deceased – it normally takes around half an hour.

The following people can register a death:

  • Any relative of the person who has died
  • Any person present at the death
  • A person who lives in the house where the person died
  • The person arranging the funeral, but not a funeral director
  • To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the register office

You will need to give the registrar:

  • The full name of the person who has died
  • Their full address
  • Their date of birth
  • Details of where and when the person died
  • Their occupation (if any).

If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.

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