Apply for a death certificate

In many cases, you won’t need to apply for a death certificate because the funeral director will do it for you. If you do need to apply for yourself, we can only issue a death certificate after the death is registered.

How to apply for a death certificate

Applying at Service Tasmania

When applying at Service Tasmania, you will need to:

Step 1

Check if you are eligible to apply

Step 2

Fill out a certificate application form

Step 3

Take your application form and original identification documents into a Service Tasmania shop (external link)

Step 4

Pay the fee with credit card or cash

Applying by post

You will need to:

Step 1

Fill out a certificate application form

Step 2

Get your identity documents certified (confirmed) as true copies of the original documents by one of the following:

Justice of the Peace (external link)

Commissioner for Declarations (external link)

Barrister or Solicitor

Notary Public (external link)

Australian Embassy Officer or Australian Consulate Officer (external link)

Step 3

Pay the fee by completing credit card details on the application form or include a cheque or money order

Step 4

Send your application to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Tasmania

30 Gordons Hill Road

Rosny Park   Tas   7018

Who can apply for a death certificate

You can apply for a death certificate if you are the deceased person’s:

  • parent
  • child
  • partner - evidence of the relationship must be provided
  • legal guardian - non-parent guardians must provide evidence
  • executor of their estate, administrator or trustee – evidence must be provided
  • power of attorney or have written consent to act on the person’s behalf – evidence must be provided

Anyone can access a death record more than 25 years old.

Types of death certificates

Standard Death Certificate

An official, certified copy the death registration details held by Births, Deaths and Marriages. It is required for most legal purposes.

Extract of Death

Contains name, sex, date and place of death only.

Cause of Death Certificates

Deaths registered from 1970 onwards do not show the cause of death on a standard death certificate.  If you want this information you will need to apply for a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death.

Cause of death will be on a death certificate if the death occurred before 1970.

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is not available for Coroner's cases.  You will need to contact the Coroner's Office (external link).

How long will it take to get my certificate

Standard service – approximately 2 weeks. It can take longer during peak periods.

Priority service (additional fees apply) – If your application has been approved you can obtain a certificate on the same day from the following Service Tasmania shops:

Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Devonport, Huonville, Scottsdale and Sorell.  Service Tasmania shop locations (external link)

When you apply at other Service Tasmania shops, online or by post the certificate will be sent by registered and/or express post.

If your priority application is received after 4.30pm (AEST) it will be processed the following business day and the certificate sent by mail.

Death registered interstate or overseas

See other Australian and overseas registries for what you need to do

If you need more details, contact us.

Updated: 16th October 2018