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Registering a birth, death or marriage

Register a death

By law, you must register the death within 3 months. Do this when you have received the 'death notification form' from the doctor.

If a person dies in a hospital or nursing home, the hospital or doctor will give the form to the next-of-kin.

A relative by blood, marriage or civil partnership should register the death. You do not need to be next-of-kin to do this.

Registering a death is free.

How to register a death

Complete part 2 of the death notification form and bring it to any civil registration office, no matter where in Ireland the death happened.

Some civil registration services have a walk-in service. You need to phone and book an appointment for others.

Bring photo ID

Bring a valid photo ID and a photocopy of the photo page for one of the following:

  • passport
  • driver's licence
  • refugee asylum card
  • national ID card from a country where it is an accepted form of travel document
  • public services card

If there are no relatives to register a death

A qualified informant can register the death. 

A qualified informant can be:

  • a person who was present at the death
  • anyone with the deceased's details - PPS number, place of birth, parents' names, job, civil status
  • any person who was in the building, if the death happened in a residential setting
  • chief officer or authorised person in a hospital, institution or organisation
  • a person who found or took charge of the body
  • any other person who has knowledge of the death

Deaths referred to the coroner

If a death is referred to the coroner, there may be a delay in registering the death.

The coroner will tell you how long this might take. They may give you an interim death certificate. This can be used to close bank and credit union accounts or to cancel social welfare or pension payments.

If the coroner conducts an inquest or post-mortem, they will send the civil registration service a certificate. We will then register the death. You do not need to do anything else.

page last reviewed: 30/09/2021
next review due: 30/09/2024