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All deaths that occur in NSW need to be registered with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 7 days of the burial or cremation.

Usually the funeral director completes the registration, but it is also possible for a next of kin or relative to register the death. You can mail the death registration form, or visit a service centre and lodge it in person.

What you need

  • the death registration form (supplied by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
  • surname and name of the deceased
  • date and place of death
  • medical certificate Cause of Death (issued by a doctor)
  • disposal details from the crematorium or cemetery (cremation or burial certificate)
  • order advising on disposal of the body (if the death was referred to a coroner)
  • the deceased's personal details, including:
    • gender
    • date of birth
    • address
    • occupation
    • marriage particulars (place, age, full name of spouse)
    • children (names and ages)
    • full names of both parents, including mother's maiden name.

How to register

  1. Call 13 77 88 or visit a service centre, and request a death registration form.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Visit a service centre and lodge the information in person, or mail it to:
    Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
    GPO Box 30
    Sydney NSW 2001

More information

The death registration must be completed before a death certificate can be issued.