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Death Registration in Ireland

Immediately following the death, you should notify the Next of Kin and the deceased’s family doctor (GP). You should also notify a funeral director, who will help you with the funeral arrangements and guide you through the decisions which need to be made.

Most people die of natural causes. However, if the death is sudden and unexpected, the Gardaí and Coroner may need to be informed for example, If he/she didn't see the deceased at least 28 days before the death occurred, or if he/she isn't satisfied about the cause of death, he/she must inform a Coroner who will decide if a post-mortem is necessary. If the deceased died as the result of an accident, or in violent or unexplained circumstances the coroner must be informed. If after a post-mortem the cause of death cannot be established, an inquest may be held.

One of the first things that needs to be done after a funeral is the acquisition of a death certificate. Any dealings with banks, insurance companies or government offices will depend on having a death certificate.

It is a statutory or legal requirement in Ireland that every death that takes place in the State must be recorded and registered. Records of deaths in Ireland are held in the General Register Office, which is the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Marriages and Deaths in Ireland. You can apply for a copy of a death certificate to any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths or to the General Register Office.

A death can be registered with any Registrar, irrespective of where it occurs. Deaths must be registered as soon as possible after the death and no later than three months after the death has taken place. It is usually registered by the next of kin. Alternatively, it may be registered by a person who was present during the death or final illness of the deceased, by a near neighbour or, if not, then it must be carried out by the Funeral Director.


There is no charge to register a death that occurs in Ireland. Fees are charged for a copy of a death certificate.

A certificate is issued for social welfare purposes at a reduced cost. Evidence is required for social welfare purposes, such as a note from the Department of Social Protection.

The fees charged for a certificate are as follows:

  1. €20 for a full standard certificate
  2. €1 for a copy for social welfare purposes (letter from Department of Social Protection required)
  3. €4 for an uncertified copy of an entry in the Register
  4. €10 to have a certificate authenticated (only available from the General Register Office)

How to Register a Death

To register a death, you must bring a Death Notification Form stating the cause of death to any Registrar. You can get this from the doctor who attended the deceased during his/her last illness. You must complete Part 2 of the Death Notification Form. You must then sign the Register in the presence of the Registrar. This registration is free.

In order to register a death, the following information is required:

  1. Date of death and place of death (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  2. Place of birth of the deceased
  3. The deceased’s gender
  4. Forename(s), surname, birth surname (if different) and address of deceased
  5. Personal public service number (PPS Number) of the deceased
  6. Civil Status of the deceased
  7. Date of birth or age at last birthday of the deceased
  8. Profession or occupation of the deceased
  9. If the deceased was married, the profession or occupation of his/her spouse
  10. If the deceased was less than 18 years of age on the date of death, the occupation(s) of his/her parent(s) or guardian(s)
  11. Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s father
  12. Forename(s) and birth surname of the deceased’s mother
  13. Certificated cause of death, duration of illness and date of certificate (which must be supplied as part of the medical cause of death)
  14. Forename, surname, place of business, daytime telephone number and qualification of the registered medical practitioner who signed the certificate
  15. Forename(s), surname, qualification, address and signature of the informant
  16. If an inquest in relation to the death or a post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased was held, the forename, surname and place of business of the coroner concerned
  17. Date of registration
  18. Signature of Qualified Informant
  19. Signature of registrar

A doctor must be satisfied about the cause of death before he/she can certify it. There may be a delay in registering a death, where a post-mortem is carried out. The death is automatically registered where an inquest or post-mortem is held at the request of the Coroner. The Coroner issues a certificate to the Registrar containing all the details to be registered. Deaths should be registered as soon as possible and no later than three months from the date of the death. You will require the written permission of the Registrar General to register any death that was not registered within one year. You should approach a maternity hospital or your local Registrar for information on how to register a stillborn child.

An application form for a copy of a Death Certificate is available from the General Register Office. You can also apply online for a copy of a certificate.

Where to Apply:

Civil Registration Service,
Community Services,
25 Newcastle Road,
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 09:30 to 4:30
Tel: (091) 546 277

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