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Important Information – Please Read Before Ordering
Please note: For authentication purposes in Ireland or for Irish Embassies worldwide, an Apostille Stamp is NOT required for documents issued in Ireland (i.e. if you have an Irish issued Long Form / Civil Certificate and are applying for Irish citizenship through an Irish Embassy – an Apostille Stamp is NOT required on this document). If you are still unsure whether an Apostille Stamp is required for whatever purpose you need it, please check with the authorities in the relevant country before ordering an Apostille Stamp.
Registrations – Is there a charge?
No, there is no charge to register a birth/death or marriage event. All births and deaths MUST be registered by attending an office. Only marriage registrations can be done by registered post and it is recommended that you keep note of your track and trace information.
How far back do records of the deceased extend?
Records can be requested from 1864 to date. In order to successfully complete any search it is incumbent on you to ensure that the information you submit is as up-to-date and accurate as possible.
Can I access death certificates registered in the six counties of Northern Ireland?
Yes we can access events registered within the six counties of Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry (aka Derry) and Tyrone), however it will take slightly longer to do so.
How soon after a death can I order an official death certificate online?
You can apply online after a death has been officially registered by either the next of kin, a Coroner or a qualified third party in the absence of a next of kin e.g. a Solicitor. However, if you are awaiting confirmation from a Coroner that they have finalised their paperwork, an order may still be placed online (N.B. advising us that a Coroner is involved as delays can occur in Coroner’s completing their paperwork [and this is outside our remit]. It can then take circa 1-2 weeks when paperwork is finally submitted for the information to be computerised). As soon as the paperwork is submitted for registration, the next of kin is advised by the Coroner’s office and upon your advices to our office, quoting the relevant BDM order number, the certificates will then be issued.
Please also note that a hospice, hospital, GP or nursing home do not automatically register a death so if a death is a recent event, you need to obtain from the attending doctor who certified the death, a “Notification of Death” documentation and register the death at your local Births Deaths Marriages office before ordering any certificates online.
These certificates are now printed in A4 format on special security paper. If you require a change / update to the original information that was registered, this can only be done in the district where the original registration took place so please contact the relevant office in that district and they will advise on the procedures.
In the event of a stillborn birth can I apply for a certificate online?
We are unable to accept applications for stillborn children. Stillborn registrations are classed as sealed records due to its sensitive nature. The registrar can provide a certificate of stillbirth at the time of registration only to the parent signing the stillbirths register. Afterwards, the mother or father of the stillborn child can get a certified copy of the entry in the register at the Office of the Registrar-General.
How and where can I register my stillborn child?
In order to register the stillbirth a Birth Notification Form will usually be completed by the hospital staff with the parents. In the case of a home-birth, a midwife or doctor will do this.
What documentation is required?
The medical practitioner who attended the stillbirth, or examined the baby must give a certificate stating the baby’s weight and gestational age and the name and address of where the stillbirth took place.
If the stillbirth took place prior to 1st January 1995 specific evidence must be produced to prove that a stillbirth took place. This evidence can take the form of an authoritative statement in writing from the hospital, nursing home or midwife, again stating the date and place the stillbirth occurred as well as the weight or gestational age of the baby.
Irish Death Certificates with Apostille Stamp