How 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.
Registering a death in Armagh is very simple and no appointment is needed.
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
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.
Download 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 a wife or widow, the full name and occupation of her husband or deceased husband is needed)
• Maiden surname ( if deceased was a woman who had married)
• If deceased was a child, the full names and occupation of the father. Where the parents are not married, the full name and occupation of the mother is also required.
• 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 easily be changed once completed.
What will I receive?
Once 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 £14.00 thereafter.
The Registrar’s Office
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Tel: 028 3752 9615
Fax: 028 3752 9617