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'll 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)
  • 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
    • order advising on disposal of the body (If death was referred to a coroner)

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

Things to keep in mind...

  • Applications for death certificates can only be processed after the death has been registered.
  • Processing times commence when applications are received in full compliance with Registry requirements, and exclude delivery time.

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.