Registration of a Death

Registration of a Death

Every death that occurs in Victoria is required by law to be registered with the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Once registered, Births, Deaths and Marriages provide a death certificate, which will often be required in relation to legal and estate issues that may need to be attended to.

During your first meeting with one of our funeral directors, you will generally be asked to provide personal information required to register a death with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The Registration Procedure

The Funeral Director is given an authority from the Doctor (a Doctor’s Certifcate) or the Coroner to proceed with the funeral. This is produced to the cemetery when entering with the funeral.

A Death Certifcate is only issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The Registry Receives:

  1. Certificate from the Doctor or Coroner specifying the cause of death.
  2. The Notification of Death information, which we complete online.

When a doctor signs their Doctor’s Certificate it currently takes approximately four weeks from the date of the funeral for the registry to process the document.
When a coroner is involved it usually takes quite a bit longer. An interim Death Certificate can be ordered from the registry in this case, however they do charge an additional fee to do so.