Registering A Death In Ireland


It is a legal requirement that all deaths in the state be registered.

This must be done within three months of a person’s passing.

Deaths are usually registered by the next of kin

but can be registered by any person who was present during the death or final illness of the deceased.

There is no charge to register a death. However, there is a charge for copies of death certificates (€20 for a full standard certificate).

Step 1:

You must first obtain a Death Notification Form.

This will be provided by the doctor that attended to the deceased during their last illness.

If the Death Notification form (DNF) otherwise known as an Interim Death certificate, is not completed by the attending Doctor at the time of passing at home, your own GP can provide same.

In the case of a death in a Hospital or a Nursing Home setting, the DNF can be requested from them to be sent directly to a family member.

For example in the case of Connolly Hospital, Call Patient services @ 01 646 5174 and request the DNF / Interim Death Certificate.

Step 2:

Complete Part 2 of the form.

Step 3:

Bring the form to the Register of Deaths office
(ID may be required). In some cases, a post-mortem may be requested by the coroner.

This is normal in the case of sudden death as the result of an accident or unexplained circumstances or where a doctor is unwilling to certify a death for any reason (for example, if the doctor has not attended to the deceased in the previous 28 days).

There may be a delay in registering a death where a post-mortem has been carried out.

In the meantime, the coroner will provide an Interim Certificate of the Fact of Death.

This may be acceptable to banks, insurance companies and other institutions, but you must confirm this with the particular institution.

Meath Coroner Office:

Mr. Nathaniel Lacy,
Kenlis Place,

Tel: 046 9280710

Dublin Coroner Office:

Coroners Court,
Store Street,

Tel: 01 8746684


  • At the bottom of the page is ‘Family and Relationships’.
  • Click this.
  • Go to ‘Register a Death’.

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