Registering a death
View Larger Map By law, all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered no later than five days from when the death occurred (except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner).
This is free and can be done in any Registrar's office in Northern Ireland.
Registering a death in Belfast is very simple and no appointment is needed.
Our Registrar's office is located in Belfast City Hall and is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 4pm on Fridays. If you have a query, call us on 028 9027 0274 or email email@example.com
What information will I need?You will have to fill in a death registration form.
- Download a death registration form (PDF - 56KB)
- full name, surname and address of the deceased
- date and place of death (and birth)
- marital status
- occupation of the deceased
- the full name and occupation of the spouse or partner (if the deceased was married, in a civil partnership or widowed)
- maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who was married)
- the full names and occupation of the father, or where the parents are not married, the full name and occupation of the mother (if the deceased was a child)
- the name and practice address of the deceased's doctor.
You will also need a medical certificate, signed by a doctor, which shows the cause of death. If the death was sudden or the doctor treating the deceased is unavailable, it may be referred to the Coroner.
If accurately known, at the time of registration, we can also record the deceased's parents' names and occupations.
The NI Direct website has comprehensive information about what to do if a death is referred to the Coroner or if someone dies abroad.
- any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details needed to register
- a person present at the death
- a person taking care of the funeral arrangements
- the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate
- the governor, matron or chief officer of a public building where the death occurred
- a person living in and responsible for a house, lodgings or apartments where the death occurred
- a person finding, or taking charge of, the body.
- a GRO 21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place
- Form 36 (certificate of registration of death) for social security purposes if the deceased received a state pension or benefits.
- arranging a funeral
- what to do if a death is referred to a Coroner or if someone dies abroad
- ordering historical birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.