Navigating the legal obligations of bereavement

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 Navigating the legal obligations of bereavement

The details required for death registration are as follows:

Date and place of death
Place of birth of deceased.
Sex of deceased.
Forename(s), surname, birth surname and address of deceased.
Personal public service number of deceased.
Civil Status of deceased.
Date of birth or age last birthday of deceased.
Profession or occupation of deceased.
If deceased was married, the profession or occupation of spouse.
If deceased was less than 18 years of age on date of death, occupation(s) of his or her parent(s) of guardian(s).
Forename(s) and birth surname of father of deceased.
Forename(s) and birth surname of mother of deceased.
Certificated cause of death, duration of illness and date of certificate.
Forename, surname, place of business, daytime telephone number and qualification of registered medical practitioner who signed certificate.
Forename(s), surname, qualification, address and signature of informant.
If an inquest in relation to the death or a post-mortem examination of the body of deceased was held, the forename, surname and place of business of coroner concerned.
Date of registration.
Signature of Qualified Informant
Signature of registrar.

Fees and Certificates

You may contact any registration office to get a copy of a Death Certificate. If you are registering the death, you can get copies of the Death Certificate at the same time. There is a reduced fee for those who need the Death Certificate for social welfare purposes. (Note. you must have a letter from the Department of Social Protection to qualify for the reduced fee certificate) You do not necessarily have to wait for the Death Certificate before claiming social welfare benefits, as a copy of the Death Notice from the newspapers will be accepted if there is a delay in getting the certificate.
Fees
There is no fee charged for the registration of a death. Fees are charged for Death Certificates. A Death Certificate is issued for social welfare purposes at a reduced cost of 1 euro. Note. you must have a letter from the Department of Social Protection to qualify for the reduced fee certificate.
The fees for a certificate are:
€20 for a full standard certificate
€4 for an uncertified copy of an entry in the Register
€1 for a certificate issued for social welfare purposes. (note: you must have a letter from the Department of Social Protection to qualify for the reduced fee certificate)
€10 to have a certificate authenticated. This service is only available from the General Register's Office, Government Buildings, Convent Road, Roscommon.