The Registry records all deaths that occur in NSW. The details from the death registration is used to produce a death certificate. Funeral directors are usually responsible for registering the death within seven days of the burial or cremation. Related information: Stillbirths & early pregnancy loss.

Registering a death

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
  • Sex
  • 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.

Death Certificate applications are processed after the death has been registered. See Death registrations at: turnaround times.

If a death which occurred in NSW has not been registered, please contact us.


Probate is the process of legally establishing the validity of a Will before a judicial authority. The Registry does not hold records relating to Wills or Probate. For enquiries, contact the Probate Division of the Supreme Court on:

  • phone 1300 679 272.


Our Wills Register closed in 2014, and is no longer available for registrations or searching.

Searches relating to Wills may be conducted through NSW Trustee & Guardian's online Deceased Will Enquiry. As the State's largest Will maker, you can search their database to confirm if they hold the will of a deceased person. To find out more, submit a: Deceased Will Enquiry

Missing persons

The Coroner's Court has information to assist people with coronial services in NSW for families and friends of missing people. There is also a fact sheet: Applying for a death certificate for a missing person in NSW.