Death certificates

After the autopsy, the doctor who performed the autopsy sends a form to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages showing the cause of death. Then the death is officially registered.

You can apply for a copy of the death certificate from the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages or the funeral director can obtain a copy for you. (The funeral director’s fees usually include the cost of the death certificate.)

Sometimes the cause of death may not be determined until after further testing. In this case, the doctor issues an interim death certificate, which is updated once the doctor advises the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages of the cause of death.

You can obtain the updated cause of death certificate free of charge if you send the interim death certificate back to the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.