Death Registration and Certificates

One of the first things that needs to be done after a funeral is the procurement of a death certificate. Any dealings with banks, insurance companies or government offices will depend on having a death certificate.

The next-of-kin must register a death. The Hospital, Nursing Home or Residential Care Unit where the death occurred will no longer register the death. A Medical Doctor does not issue the Death Certificate.

For full details visit the relevant section of the website of the General Register Office which for the Limerick Region is located at:
St. Camillus Hospital,
Shelbourne Road,
Limerick, Ireland.
Opening hours: 9:15 - 15.30 Mon - Fri
Phone: +353 (0) 61 483763

How to register a death

To register a death, you must bring a Death Notification Form stating the cause of death to any Registrar. You can get this from the doctor who attended the deceased during his/her last illness. You must complete Part 2 of the Death Notification Form. You must then sign the Register in the presence of the Registrar. This registration is free.

The doctor must be satisfied about the cause of death before he/she can certify it. This Doctor must also have attended the patient within 28 days prior to death.

Part 1 of the Form must be signed by the Medical Practitioner stating the cause of death.
Part 2 of the Form must be completed by the next-of-kin/relative giving additional personal details of the deceased, e.g. date of birth, PPS number, occupation, marital status, address, etc/

This Form, having been completed by both the Doctor and the next-of-kin/relative, should then be taken to any Registrar for Births, Marriages & Deaths in Ireland where the death will then be registered.

Deaths should be registered as soon as possible and no later than 3 months from the date of the death.

There is no charge to register a death that occurs in Ireland. Fees are charged for a copy of a death certificate.

A certificate is issued for social welfare purposes at a reduced cost. Evidence it is for social welfare purposes is required, such as a note from the Department of Social Protection.

The fees charged for a certificate are as follows:

  • - €20 for a full standard certificate.
  • - €1 for a copy for social welfare purposes (letter from Department of Social Protection required).
  • - €4 for an uncertified copy of an entry in the Register.
  • - €10 to have a certificate authenticated (only available from the General Register Office).

Further points to note

Once it has been verbally confirmed that the doctor is in a position to issue the Death Notification Form, the arrangements for the funeral to take place may proceed.

When a death is sudden or unexplained, the death is referred to the Coroner who instructs a pathologist to carry out a post mortem examination. The pathologist, having ascertained the cause of death, sends his report to the Coroner who, in turn, issues a Coroner's Certificate of the cause of death. This is then forwarded to the Registrar for Deaths for the region. In certain cases this can take a number of weeks.

The death is automatically registered. A post mortem examination can delay funeral arrangements but approval for the release of the body is usually given within 48 to 72 hours by the Coroner, save in exceptional circumstances.

If the death is of a violent nature, or occurs under suspicious circumstances, the Coroner will order a post mortem examination. The results of which may warrant the holding of an inquest. The inquest will take place following the completion of the Garda and Medical reports being presented to the Coroner.