Registering a Death and Getting a Death Certificate

How to register a death and obtain a Death Certificate

Last updated: 16 December 2016

In Ireland, all deaths must be registered before the funeral can take place.

To register a death, you will need take a medical Death Notification Form to your local Births, Marriages and Death registry. This document is signed by the hospital doctor or attending GP and certifies the cause of death.

In Ireland, deaths are usually registered by a relative or civil partner. To do this, you will need to complete the second part of the Death Notification Form that the doctor filled in, providing personal details about your loved one and giving the completed form to the Registrar.

If your loved one died at home, their GP can certify the cause of death – provided that they had seen your loved one no more than 28 days prior to their death.

In circumstances where someone’s cause of death was unknown, unexpected, or suspicious, you should inform the Gardai, who will contact the Coroner. It is the Coroner’s role to establish the cause of death and order a post-mortem if necessary, so the death can be certified and registered within the maximum legal time frame of three months .

There is no fee for registering death in Ireland but you may need several copies of the Death Certificate for when you are dealing with your loved one’s estate. A full standard Death Certificate costs €20 and you can get copies at the time you register the death, or from any Registrar or the General Register Office.

Where a person had no next of kin, their death may be registered by the person who attended them during their illness, someone else present at their death or who knew them well enough to provide the personal details for the death certificate. The Department of Social Protection has a full list of qualified informants who can register the death of a person who had no close family.