By law, all deaths that occur in Northern Ireland must be registered. Deaths should be registered before the funeral takes place, except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner. If the Coroner is involved, the registration will take place after the funeral. The registration office will phone to let you know when to register and this happens after two weeks or up to six months after the death depending on the circumstances. The Coroner can issue an interim death certificates in the meantime which can be used for any legal purposes.
You will need the medical certificate cause of death issued by a doctor.
There is no cost for registering a death. The only cost will be for certified copies of the death certificate if required.
With the Registrar at the office of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages
If a medical certificate cause of death is issued by the doctor :
If the coroner is involved the death must be registered:
Any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details required to be registered (this includes a relative by marriage).
Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue the following forms:-?- GRO 21 which permits the burial or cremation to take place ?- Form 36 for production to the Social Security Offices regarding benefits.?
Please note: The GRO21 must be given to the funeral director before the funeral takes place