You can apply for a certificate if the death occurred in NSW.
Apply online for a Death Certificate
Apply by post, or in person
A standard death certificate is an official certified copy of the registration data held by the Registry. All certificates are distributed through Registered Post and include postage and handling. However, this does not ensure next day delivery.
Standard death certificate.
$25 for Priority processing.
Priority processing is not available for a recent death, or if the Funeral Director sent the Death Registration form to the Registry in the last 15 days.
Details of a death must be lodged at the Registry to be recorded and to produce a death certificate. Funeral directors are usually responsible for registering the death within 7 days of the burial or cremation.
An extract certificate is an official certified copy of part of the information held on the death register. It can be issued with or without the cause of death.
The extract may not be accepted by some organisations due to the limited information it contains.
To order an extract, please include a cover letter with your application specifically requesting an extract death certificate. Explain what information you would like omitted, for example without cause of death.
You will need to also complete the death certificate application form, prove entitlement, provide the required identification and pay the standard certificate fee of
NSW Death Certificates are available to:
Solicitor acting for next of kin or Estate:
Solicitors applying for certificates on behalf of clients.
If you are a relative not listed on the certificate, the certificate can be issued to you
if the deceased has no spouse, children or parents still alive.
are not named on the Death Certificate, you must satisfy
one of the following conditions:
To protect your privacy, the Registry requires proof of your identity. Applications must be accompanied by at least three forms of ID.
are a next of kin named on the death certificate, i.e. spouse (married/defacto/same sex defacto), parent or child of the deceased, the death certificate can be issued to you. If you are a relative not listed on the certificate, the certificate can be issued to you if the deceased had no living spouse, children or parents.
A Letter of Authority, giving permission to apply
from the next of kin. Please include their address, daytime telephone number and signature.
If born in Australia:
Record of immigration status:
If you are unable to comply with these requirements, please contact us.