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How to register a death

When a person dies in Tasmania the death must be registered.  This is a requirement of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1999.

What is required to register a death?

  • The attending doctor lodges a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 48 hours of the death.  A copy of this form is also provided to the Funeral Director (responsible for disposal of the body).  
  • In certain cases (car accident, suspicious deaths or deaths at home) the Coroner's Office notify the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the death, instead of a doctor.
  • The Funeral Director completes a Death Registration Statement with assistance from the family.  The Death Registration Statement must be lodged with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 7 days after the disposal of the body.

Completing the death registration statement

The information collected on a Death Registration Statement will appear on the official death certificate.  We recommend emphasising to the deceased's next of kin the importance of supplying correct registration details.  Please ensure that the death registration details are accurate before submitting them, as amendment fees apply to correct certificates once the death record has been finalised.  

Funeral Directors Online Service

The Funeral Directors Online service is for use by Funeral Directors who are registered as a prescribed business with the Local Government Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet.  It allows funeral directors to lodge a death registration online. All details are transferred directly to Births, Deaths and Marriages without the need to complete and lodge a hard copy form.

Funeral Directors can also opt to order and pay for a death certificate (for the deceased's next of kin) at the time of registering a death.  
If you are a registered user please login to Funeral Directors Online.

If you would like to register for this service, please contact bdm@justice.tas.gov.au

You will need Acrobat Reader on your computer to open the forms.

Available to Download: Keying Instructions for Funeral Directors Online (pdf, 94.0 KB)

Available to Download: Funeral Director Online Help Sheet.pdf (pdf, 186.6 KB)