Registering a Death

Currently, death registrations are carried out without the need to attend the local registration office.

If you need any advice in relation to registering your loved one’s death please phone 028 82256 212 or 028 6634 2428, or email:

Guidance on Procedures

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.

Death Registration Form

What information will you need?

The following information will be required to complete a death registration form:

  • Full forename(s) and surname of the deceased
  • Date and place of death and usual address
  • Status (single, married/civil partner, widowed /surviving civil partner or divorced/civil partnership dissolved)
  • Date and place of birth
  • The forename(s), surname and occupation of spouse or civil partner
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • The full names and occupations of the father and mother
  • Maiden name (if the deceased was a woman who had been married or in a civil partnership)
  • The name and practice address of the deceased’s doctor

The medical certificate of cause of death, signed by the doctor, will be provided directly to the registrar.  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 a death?

  • 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 you receive?

Once the death is registered, you will receive:

  • a GRO 21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place
  • a bereavement service leaflet 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

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