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Coronavirus: Stay at home

Health information and advice to stop the spread of coronavirus.

How to register a death in Ireland

During the coronavirus pandemic you can apply to register a death or purchase a certificate of death by e-mail or by post. There is no requirement or facility for you to attend the civil registration service offices in person.

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

You must register the death within 3 months, when you have received the death notification form from the doctor. You can do this at any civil registration office, no matter where in the Republic of Ireland the death occurred.

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

If there are no relatives to register a death

If there are no relatives who can register the death, a qualified informant can do this. 

A qualified informant can be:

  • a person present at the death
  • anyone with the deceased's details - PPS number, place of birth, parents' names
  • any person who was in the building, if the death occurred in a dwelling
  • 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

Contact a civil registration service for further details.

Documents you need to register a death

Complete part 2 of the death notification form. Bring it and your photo ID to a civil registration service. Photo ID must be in date. 

You must sign part 2 in the presence of the registrar.

Information you need to register a death

Personal details of the person who died:

  • full name, birth surname and address
  • date of birth and age on last birthday
  • gender
  • place of birth
  • birth surname and address
  • PPS number
  • marital or civil status
  • occupation
  • nationality
  • parents' full names
  • date and place of death

If the person who died was under 18, you will need to know the occupation of their parents or guardians. 

You will also need information about the person who signed the death certificate:

  • full name and address
  • contact details
  • qualification

Deaths referred to the coroner

For a death referred to the coroner, there will be a delay in registering the death.

The coroner will tell you how long this might take and may give you an interim death certificate.

If the coroner conducts an inquest or postmortem, the corner will send the civil registration service a certificate. We will then register the death.

Fees for registering a death

Registering a death is free of charge. There is a charge to buy a death certificate.

page last reviewed: 22/10/2018
next review due: 22/10/2021