Register a death

All deaths in the Northern Territory (NT) must be registered within seven working days after the burial or cremation.

A death registration statement is usually completed by one of the following:

  • the funeral director
  • the person who arranges for the disposal of the remains
  • a local health worker.

There is no fee to register a death.

You will need to make a separate application for a death certificate as they are not automatically issued.

If you are registering a death

If you are registering a death, you will need to collect the death registration form from a Births, Deaths and Marriages office, your funeral director or remote health centre.

You will need to provide all of the following information:

  • the full name of the deceased, including any alias names
  • sex of the deceased
  • date and place of birth
  • date and place of death
  • details of the parents and any marriages, de facto relationships and children
  • the last residential address of the deceased
  • if the death was reported to a coroner
  • the date and place of the burial or cremation including the name of the funeral director.

You should be as accurate as possible with the information. Do not use white-out on the death registration statement. Cross out and initial any amendments.

The original death registration statement must be submitted to the Darwin or Alice Springs Births, Deaths and Marriages office either:

  • in person 
  • or by mail.

Last updated: 21 May 2015

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