Registering a Death

By law, all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered.

This is free and can be done in any District Registration Office within Northern Ireland.

What information will I need?

You will have to fill in a death registration form which can be downloaded from here:

We will also need:

  • full name, surname and address of the deceased
  • date and place of death (and birth)
  • marital status
  • occupation of the deceased (if they were a wife or widow, the full name and occupation of her husband or deceased husband is needed)
  • maiden surname, if the deceased was a woman who was married
  • the full names and occupations of the father and mother
  • the name and practice address of the deceased’s doctor
  • You will also need a medical certificate, signed by a doctor, which shows the cause of death. If the death was sudden or the doctor treating the deceased is unavailable, it may be referred to the Coroner.

The NI Direct website has comprehensive information about what to do if a death is referred to the Coroner or if someone dies abroad.

Who can register?

  • any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details needed to register
  • 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, or taking charge of, the body.

What will I receive?

Once the death is registered, you will receive:

  • a GRO 21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place
  • Form 36 (certificate of registration of death) for social security purposes if the deceased received a state pension or benefits.

Death certificates, which may be needed when sorting out the deceased’s affairs, may be purchased at the time of registration for £8 per copy.

Detailed information is available from the NI Direct website

Further Reading

NI Direct