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Register a death in Ireland

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

How to register a death in Ireland

It is a 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 civil repository for records relating to Births, Marriages, Civil Partnerships and Deaths in Ireland and in all Civil Registration Offices.

A death within the State can be registered with any Registrar, regardless of where it occurs. Deaths must be registered as soon as possible after the death and no later than three months from the date of death.

Rates

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 it is for social welfare purposes is required, such as a note from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

The fees charged for a certificate are as follows:

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

How to apply

Contact any local civil register office or the General Register Office to get a copy of a death certificate. If you are registering the death, you can get copies of the death certificate at the same time.

See here for information on how to apply for certificates.

Upon a death, a registered medical practitioner who attended the deceased must complete and sign Part 1 of the Death Notification Form, stating to the best of his or her knowledge and belief the cause of death.

The registered medical practitioner must give this form to a relative or civil partner of the deceased, provided a relative or civil partner exists and that the relative or civil partner is capable of acting as a qualified informant.

The relative or civil partner must complete and sign Part 2 of the form, which concerns additional personal details of the deceased. Upon completion of Part 2, the relative or civil partner must give the form to any Registrar of Deaths as soon as possible but no later than three months from the date of death. In order to complete the registration, the relative or civil partner is required to sign the Register of Deaths in the presence of the Registrar.

If a relative or civil partner cannot be found, the Death Notification Form should be given to the Chief Officer (or to an officer authorised by the Chief Officer) of the hospital (if the death occurred in the hospital) or to an Undertaker.