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Registering A Death

By law, all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered no later than five days from when the death occurred, except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner.

How To Register A Death?

You will need to fill in a death registration form. These are available to download from

Death Registration Form GRO73 and from the Registration offices.

Details Required to Register a Death

  • The deceased person’s full name, surname and address
  • Their date and place of death (and birth)
  • Their marital status
  • Their occupation
  • The full name and occupation of the deceased person’s spouse or partner (if they were married, in a civil partnership or widowed)
  • Maiden surname (if the deceased person was a married woman)
  • The full names of the deceased person’s father and mother, mother’s maiden name and their occupations
  • The name and practice address of the deceased person’s doctor.

You will also need to bring a medical certificate, signed by a doctor, showing the cause of death.  This certificate is usually issued to the relatives by a doctor who had treated the deceased within 28 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.

Who Can Register a Death

  • Any relative of the deceased person who knows the information needed for registration
  • A person present at the death
  • A person taking care of the funeral arrangements
  • The executor or administrator of the deceased person’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.

Death Forms Issued by the Registrar

It is free to register a death. When you register you will receive:

  • GRO21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place
  • Form 36 (certificate of registration of death) for social security purposes if the deceased  person  received state pension or benefits
  • Any short of full certified death certificates you may purchase at a fee of £8 per certificate. You can pay by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.

To Order a Certified Copy of a Death Certificate After the Time of Registration

Certified copies of all deaths registered in Northern Ireland may only be obtained from: General Register Office, NISRA, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast, BT9 5RR

Telephone the General Register Office – 0300 200 7890 (ringing from within N Ireland/UK) or + 44300 200 7890 (ringing from outside N Ireland/UK) and paying by debit/credit card.

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro (Certificates can be ordered online).

Advice and Support 

The NI Direct website has details of organisations which can provide support after bereavement: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro