Death registration

The Registry records all deaths that occur in New South Wales. Under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW), all deaths must be registered within seven days of burial or cremation. 

Registering a death

It is common practice for a funeral director to complete the death registration process. However, it is possible for you to register the death with us if you are a next-of-kin or relative of the deceased. You must complete a death registration form and provide the following information: 

  • Surname and first names
  • Sex
  • Date of birth and date of death
  • Place of death
  • Burial details 
  • Full name of both parents (including mother’s maiden name)
  • All children of the deceased (names and ages)
  • Usual address of the deceased
  • Usual occupation during working life
  • Marriage particulars (place, age, full name of spouse)
  • Medical Certificate Cause of Death (issued by a doctor)
  • Order advising on disposal of the body (if the death was referred to a coroner)
If a funeral director is not involved, please contact us for a death registration form. 

Missing persons

The Coroner’s Court has information to assist people with coronial services in New South Wales for families and friends of missing people. A fact sheet is also available to assist those wishing to apply for a death certificate for a missing person in New South Wales. 

For more information visit the Coroner’s Court website