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Register a Death

The registration of all deaths is are compulsory. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act requires a person, usually a funeral director, to notify the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days from the date of the funeral service. 

The doctor who was responsible for the medical care of a person before their death or who examines the deceased person after death, must complete and sign a medical certificate of cause of death. This certificate must be issued within 48 hours after the person's death and given to the funeral director or persons arranging the funeral service. The doctor is not required to give notice of the cause of death in circumstances in which the death is reported to the State Coroner.

In most cases the funeral director orders a death certificate on behalf of the family or person representing the deceased at the time of registering the death. Once registered, the Registry sends the death certificate to the funeral director for forwarding. At any time after the death is registered, an eligible applicant can apply directly to the Registry or nearest courthouse for a death certificate to be issued.

If the death is subject to a coronial inquiry, the death will still be registered. This is called an "incomplete" death registration. If required, a death certificate can be issued at this stage.

At the completion of their inquiry the State Coroner will advise the Registry of the cause of death details to be added to the death registration. A "complete" death certificate may then be issued by the Registry to the funeral director if previously ordered or an eligible applicant can apply directly to the Registry or a Court for a death certificate.

Contact details

Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
Department of Justice
Level 10, 141 St Georges Terrace
Phone: 1300 305 021
Fax: (08) 9264 1599

PO Box 7720
Cloisters Square
Perth WA 6850

Hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Last updated: 21-May-2020

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