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A NSW standard death certificate is the official certified copy of registration data held by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

For the certificate of a death that occurred in NSW, you can apply online, by post, or in person at a service centre.

Certificates are sent by the Registry, using registered post. You cannot get a certificate from a service centre.

Apply online
  • the details of the death
  • your/applicant's personal and contact details
  • personal identity documents as specified on the form
  • a scanner or phone/tablet camera so you'll be able to upload copies of the documentation required
  • company documents (if applicable)
  • evidence you have permission to be provided with the death certificate (if applicable)
  • your payment.
Apply online
  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Provide details of the death.
  4. Enter your/applicant's details.
  5. Verify you're not a robot with reCAPTCHA.
  6. Enter the number of certificates you require.
  7. Confirm your delivery and order details.
  8. Select and upload copies of all the required identification documents.
  9. Read and acknowledge the declaration.
  10. Enter your payment information.
  11. Submit your application for processing.

If you don't wish to apply online:

  1. Download and complete the Death Certificate Application – PDF.
  2. Lodge it with the required documentation and payment:

Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
GPO Box 30
Sydney NSW 2001

Apply online

This application form can only be used if the death occurred in NSW.

  • If you're a next of kin named on the death certificate (that is, a married/de facto spouse, parent, or child of the deceased), the death certificate can be issued to you. If you're a relative not listed on the certificate, the certificate can be issued to you if the deceased had no living spouse, children or parents. In either case, you must provide:
    • 3 copies of your own identification.
  • If you don't meet the above criteria, you must provide:
    • a letter giving permission from the next of kin, including their address, daytime telephone number and signature
    • 3 copies of identification from the person giving permission
    • 3 copies of your own identification.
  • If you're a solicitor applying for a certificate on behalf of your client, you must provide:
    • a letter on company letterhead stating the reason required ('legal' is not sufficient – a specific reason is needed, such as Probate, Estate Administration), together with your client's name
    • a copy of your Law Society ID Card or Practising Certificate
    • payment made by company or trust cheque, or company credit card.
Apply online
  • If you begin filling in the online application form and want to save it to complete later, you're able to resume your application.
  • You can check the status of your application online.
  • If the death occurred 30 or more years ago and you don't need a certificate for official use, please refer to the Order a family history certificate transaction.
  • Make sure that the copies of the documents you have scanned or photographed are clear and easy to read. The file types can be TIFs, JPGs or PDFs.
  • When your application form and payment is received you'll be sent a tax invoice to the email address you provided. You also have the option to print the summary page, or your entire application form.
  • Turnaround times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.
  • If you change your mind, or decide the certificate is no longer required, your application fee will not be refunded.


This information is being collected by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages for the purpose of assessing your application for a death certificate.

Service NSW does not collect or maintain any personal information in relation to this transaction.

For further information on how your personal information is handled, please visit the Privacy page.

Apply online

Payment methods

For online transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay, Diners Club or American Express).

For phone transactions:

  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

For transactions in person at a service centre:

  • cash (in Australian currency)
  • cheque (personal, bank or agency drawn)
  • money order
  • credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express* or EFTPOS), or
  • Android Pay app.

Please note that you may need to pay a merchant fee when paying by credit or debit card.

* Unfortunately, some locations may not accept American Express.

Need help?

We’re happy to help you with this transaction.

Feel free to call us on 13 77 88 or visit a service centre

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