The registration of a death is currently completed by telephone only.
The Registrar will contact the next of kin or the Funeral Director to register the death over the telephone when notified by the certifying Doctor.
The Medical Cause of Death Certificate signed by the doctor, showing the cause of death will be issued electronically to the Registration staff. If the deceased had not been seen by a doctor within the last 28 days or where the death was not caused by natural illness, this death would have to be referred to the Coroner for further investigation.
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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?
If you wish to complete the application form to register a death, they are available to download from: Death Registration and from the Registration offices. You should complete the GRO 73 form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration staff will contact you to progress the registration of the death.
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 name and practice address of the deceased person’s doctor.
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
- aperson finding or taking charge of the body.
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 or 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.
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/registering-death (Certificates can be ordered online).
Advice And Support
The NI Direct website has details of organisations which can provide support for bereavement: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro