Under section 41 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1995 all deaths that occurred in NSW must be registered within seven days of the burial or cremation.
It is common practice for a funeral director to complete the death registration process. However, it is also possible for a next of kin or relative of the deceased to register the death.
If you are a next of kin or relative of the deceased and wish to register the death, you must provide the following information about the deceased:
- Surname and first names
- Date of death and date of birth
- Place of death
- Usual address of the deceased
- Usual occupation during working life
- Marriage particulars (place, age, full name of spouse)
- All children of the deceased (names and ages)
- Full name of both parents (including mother's maiden name)
- Burial details
You will also need to supply a Medical Certificate Cause of Death (issued by a doctor) stating cause of death. If the death was referred to a coroner, you must supply the order advising on disposal of the body.
If you are not a funeral director and wish to register a death, please contact us for a Death Registration Form.
Note: Penalties apply for giving false, misleading or incomplete information, so please ensure the accuracy of the information you provide.
Applications for Death Certificates can only be processed after the death has been registered. Please check our turnaround times.
If a death which occurred in NSW has not been registered, please contact us.