DeathsHow to register a Death?
By law all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered in Northern Ireland no later than five days from the date of death – except where the death has been referred to the coroner. Registration is free and can be done at any Registrar’s Office in Northern Ireland.

Opening Hours (by appointment)
Monday to Thursday – 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Please note: The Registrar’s Office in Armagh is now located in the Palace Stables.  The Registrar’s Offices in Banbridge and Craigavon are also still operational.

To make an appointment, please phone the Registrar’s Office in Armagh on 028 3752 9615 or email

Who can register a death?

  • Any relative of the deceased (including a relative by marriage) who has knowledge of the particulars required
  • Any person present at the death
  • Any person taking charge of the funeral arrangements
  • The Executor or Administrator of the deceased’s estate
  • The occupier (governor, matron, superintendent or other Chief Officer) at the time of death of the premises in which the death occurred
  • A person finding the body
  • A person taking charge of the body

What information do I need to bring?
You will need to fill in a death registration form.
Death Registration Form

You will need to provide:-

  • Full name, surname and address of the deceased
  • Date and place of death (and birth)
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation (if deceased was married, widowed or in a civil partnership, the full name and occupation of spouse/civil partner is needed)
  • Maiden surname (if deceased was a woman who had married)
  • Names and occupations of parents (optional if deceased was over 16)
  • Name and address of deceased’s Doctor
  • A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by a doctor who had treated the deceased within 28 days before the date of death.  If the deceased had not been seen by a doctor within that period or where the death was not caused by natural illness, the case will have been referred to the Coroner.  Contact the Registrar’s Office or Funeral Director for advice.

Please note that a registration cannot be easily changed when completed.

What will I receive?
When the death is registered, you will receive a GRO 21 form which allows a burial or cremation to take place and a Form 36 (Certificate of registration of death) for social security purposes if the deceased received a state pension or benefits.
Death certificates, which may be needed when sorting out the deceased’s affairs, may be purchased for £8.00 per copy at the time of registration or £15.00 thereafter.

Contact Details
The Registrar’s Office
The Palace Demesne
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9615