Registering a death
Who may go and register a death
Regulations state that only certain people can register a death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Deaths in private residences, hospitals, nursing homes, rest homes, etc.
- A relative of the deceased who was present at the time of death
- A relative of the deceased, in attendance during the last illness
- A relative of the deceased residing in the same local district
- A person present at time of death
- The occupier, i.e. the Matron or Officer in Charge of a nursing home, provided they knew of the illness before death
- The person causing the disposal of the body, i.e. an executor, the solicitor or similar.
When you go to the Registrar you should take the following:
- The medical certificate of the cause of death
- The deceased’s medical card, if possible
- Any forms given to you by the death has been referred to the Coroner
You should tell the Registrar:
- The date and place of death
- The deceased’s last (usual) address
- The deceased’s first names and surname (and the maiden name if applicable)
- The deceased’s date and place of birth
- The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of husband (if applicable)
- Whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds
- If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower
The registrar will give you
A certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the green form), unless the Coroner has given an order for Burial or a certificate for cremation. Whichever form you are given will be needed by the funeral director so that the funeral can held. A certificate of registration of Death – this is for Social Security purposes only. You will be able to purchase a Certified Copy of an Entry Certificate, which is needed for any pension claims, insurance policies or financial matters; normally one or two copies would be sufficient.