Registering a Death

When registering a death that was expected and that has occurred in Northern Ireland, you will need to take the medical certificate (MCCD) showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you to your nearest Council Office for Registering Deaths (in Newry this is the City Hall) within 5 days of the death.

  • The person's full name at the time of death

  • Any names previously used, i.e. maiden name etc

  • The person's date and place of birth

  • Their last address

  • Their occupation

  • The full name, birth date and occupation of a surviving/late spouse/civil partner

  • Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

  • Pay the fee for registration

  • You will receive a form GR021 which must be given to the funeral director

You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (i.e.a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.

The informant will then sign the register, certifying that the information that has been given to the Registrar is correct. When the Coroner is involved, the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is replaced by one from the Coroner. We will be able to advise you when you will be able to attend the Registrar's Office to register the death.