Laws on registering deaths changes due to Coronavirus pandemic

Published: Friday, March 27, 2020

New legislation being put through Parliament will lead to changes in the way the state records deaths and stillbirths during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The changes form part of the Government’s emergency response to the ongoing public health crisis.

From Monday (March 30) families wishing to register the death of a relative will no longer need to do so in person. From Monday onwards this process can be completed by telephone.

There will be no requirement for relatives to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the hospital, care home or GP. A scan of the signed certificate can be sent directly to the registrar via email at

The green certificate for burial or cremation will be transmitted electronically to the Funeral Director, crematorium or cemetery office.

These rules will also apply in cases of stillbirth.

There is no requirement for customers to attend the register office in person and it will be closed to the public.

Recently published Government guidance that’s already in place means that face to face services, including the registration of births, have been temporarily suspended. During this time parents will be able to apply for child benefit before the birth is registered.’

And with wedding ceremonies currently suspended nationwide, appointments to arrange marriages will also be rebooked as soon as possible.

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