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You can apply for a death certificate if the death occurred in New South Wales. A death certificate is an official certified copy of the registration data held by the Registry.
Funeral directors are usually responsible for registering the death and must do so within 7 days of the burial or cremation. Details of a death must be lodged at the Registry to be recorded in order for a death certificate to be produced.
Where solicitors apply for certificates on behalf of clients, they must provide:
*Please note 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
You must provide a least three forms of current ID, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3. If you’re unable to provide ID from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from Category 3. If you’re unable to comply with these requirements, please
contact us for further advice
An extract death 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.
Note that an extract may not be accepted by some organisations due to the limited information it contains. To order, please write a cover letter requesting an Extract death certificate and attach it to the completed Death certificate application - PDF.
Processing begins when we have received your complete and correct application. Certificates are delivered by registered post when you apply by post, online or at Service NSW.
For detailed information about certificate turnaround time see Processing times.
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