Obtaining a Death Certificate

When you attend the meeting to arrange the funeral service, the funeral director will ask you information to supply to BIRTHS, DEATHS and MARRIAGES (B.D.M.) so that the death can be registered.

This information can be found on a Birth Certificate or a Marriage Certificate. However, family members may be able to provide this information from their memory, so it is not necessary to provide these documents.

This information along with either the death certificate written by a doctor, or a Coroner’s release provided by the coroner will be sent to Births, Deaths and Marriages. A certified copy of the death certificate is then created by B.D.M. and forwarded to the executor, next of kin or the person who has made the funeral arrangements. Death certificates cannot be applied for until after the burial or cremation or university bequeathment has been completed.

Death certificates usually take about three weeks to arrive from this date.

When a person’s death Is reported to the coroner, B.D.M. will issue an interim certificate to assist families with estate issues. Once the Coroner has released his finidns, BDM will then issue a full death certificate. Depending on circumstances this full certificate may take many months to be issued.