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Registration of deaths

1. Overview

A death must be registered within 5 days of the date the person died, in the district where the death occurred by a relative of the deceased. If the death has been reported to a coroner it must be registered within 14 days.

Please make sure you are the only person in your family making the appointment to register the death.

In certain circumstances, another person can register a death.

  • someone present at the time of death
  • a person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)

You’ll need to register the death before you can get the documents you need to arrange a funeral and sort out the deceased’s estate.