REGISTERING A DEATH
Why Register a Death?
By law all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered.
A death should be registered as soon as possible to allow funeral arrangements to proceed, but no later than five days from the date of death, except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner.
Who Can Register a Death?
What do you need to Register the Death?
The person registering the death must collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and take it to the Registrar. This is normally issued to the relatives 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 to be referred to the Coroner.
Where Can a Death be Registered?
In any Registration Office, providing the death occurred in Northern Ireland.
Details Required to Register a Death
Please note that a registrar cannot easily be changed once completed.
Certified copies of the Death Certificate may be purchased at the time of registration costing £8.00 each. Please note Certified copies at a later stage will cost £15.00
Deaths Registered Prior to 1997
Certified copies of all deaths registered in Northern Ireland may only be obtained from :
General Register Office
49-55 Chichester Street
Tel: 0300 200 7890 ringing within Northern Ireland or 028 9151 3101 ringing from outside Northern Ireland
www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro (Certificates can be ordered on line)