A death must be registered within 5 days, and can be registered at any Registrar’s Office- you will need to make an appointment in advance. It is often quicker to receive documents if you register the death in the district in which the person died.

Take the The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, and if possible, the Medical Card and Birth Certificate of the deceased with you.

The Registrar will issue a green certificate, which is required by the Funeral Directors for the funeral to take place.

The Registrar will require the following information about the deceased:

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth & Date and place of death
  • Marital status
  • Home address
  • Last occupation (even if retired)
  • If married at the date of death and the date of birth of the surviving partner
  • If female and married or widowed, the maiden name and husband’s full name and occupation

Copies of the death certificate can be purchased from the registrar. It is useful to get multiple copies, as often a death certificate is required for official purposes such as closing bank accounts, utility providers and credit card companies.