For Advice Concerning A Death
- Your Family Doctor
- Your Local District Registrar (in Fermanagh this is at the Townhall, contact details at the bottom of the page)
- Your Funeral Director
Why Register a Death?
By law all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered.
When must a Death be registered?
A death should be registered as soon as possible to allow funeral arrangements to be made but NO later than five days from the date of occurrence except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner.
What do you need in order to register a Death?
A medical certificate of cause of death issued by a doctor who has treated the deceased within twenty-eight 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 would have to be referred to the Coroner - The Registrar or Funeral Director will advise you.
What does it cost to register a death?
There is no cost for registering a death. The only cost may be for copies of the death certificate if required.
Where can a Death be registered?
With the Registrar:-
- in the district in which the person died, or
- in the district in which the person normally lived.
Who can register a Death?
Any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details required to be registered (this includes a relative by marriage).
A person present at the death.
A person taking care of the funeral arrangements.
The executor or administrator of the deceased's estate.
The governor, matron, or chief officer of a public building where the death occurred.
A person living in and responsible for a house, lodgings or apartments where the death occurred.
A person finding the body, or
A person taking charge of the body.
What information will you need to give the Registrar?
Full name and surname of the deceased.
Date and place of death and usual address.
Marital status (single, married, widowed or divorced).
Date and place of birth.
Occupation of the deceased (if the deceased was a wife or widow, the full names and occupation of her husband (or deceased husband) will be required. If the deceased was a child, the full names and occupation of the father will be required or where the parents are not married the full names and occupations of the mother will be required).
Maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who had married). The deceased's medical card or National Health number are helpful but not essential.
What will the Registrar give you?
Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue the following forms:-
GRO 21 which permits the burial or cremation to take place, and
Form 36 for production to the Social Security Offices regarding benefits.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A DEATH REGISTRATION CANNOT EASILY BE CHANGED ONCE COMPLETED
Certified copies of Death Certificate?
Certified copies may be needed to claim insurance, deal with business matters etc. and these may be purchased from the Registrar at the time of registration for £ 8.00 per copy.
Cost of Death Certificate after Registration
Full certified copy £ 14.00 , or where two or more copies of the same entry are applied for at the same time the first copy will be charged at £ 14.00 and any additional copies at £ 8.00 each. Death certificates produced within one hour of application for personal applications or same day for postal, telephone or Internet applications will cost an extra priority fee of £ 18.00 provided the application is received by 14:30 hours.
Death Certificates for deaths registered from 1st January 1997 onwards are available from the local offices (Enniskillen) located at the address which is given below.
Contact Information for Registrar at Townhall, Enniskillen
Registrar: Lil Thornton
Deputy Registrar: Eunice Ferguson
2 Townhall Street
Telephone: (028) 6632 5050
Fax: (028) 6632 2024
Email: [email protected]
Alternatively you can click here to use our online enquiry form to contact the Registrar. Please select Registrar as the Destination Department when filling in the form.
Deaths registered prior to 1st January 1997 must be obtained from :
General Register Office
49/55 Chichester Street
Telephone: (028) 9025 2000
Email (for Birth, Death, Marriage Civil Partnership Registration Certificate Queries): [email protected]
Email (for Marriage, Civil Partnership Registrations, Re-registration and Adoptions): [email protected]