Death FAQ

how do you obtain a death certificate

Applying for a death certificate

If the death occurred outside of Western Australia can I apply for the death certificate at the Perth Registry Office?

No, you must contact the Registry Office in the state, territory or country in which the death occurred. See BDM Interstate Locations for other Australian Registry Offices. See BDM Overseas Locations for some overseas contacts.

Am I eligible to apply for a death certificate?

Please see the Registry's Death Certificate Access Policy for your eligibility. If you are not an eligible applicant you must provide the written consent or authority from an authorised person. You must also provide identification for yourself and the person for whom you are acting.

There is unrestricted access and no identification requirements are needed for deaths that occurred more than 30 years ago.

How do I apply for a death certificate?

If the death occurred in WA, you must provide the Registry with the following:

Do I need to provide identification when I apply for a death certificate?

Yes, unless the death occurred 30 years ago or more. See identification requirements.

Registering a death

What is the timeframe for registering a death?

It is compulsory for a person, usually a funeral

director, to notify the details of a death to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days from the date of death.

General

Are deaths recorded at the Registry Office confidential?

Yes. Information in Registry records is private and confidential and will only be issued to eligible applicants in accordance with the Death Certificate Access Policy and identification requirements .

If you are not an eligible applicant you must provide the written authority of a person who is eligible for the certificate together with your own and the authorised person's identification.

There is unrestricted access and no identification requirements are needed for deaths that occurred 30 years ago or more.

Where do I get a copy of a will?

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages does not register or issue copies of wills.

If probate has been granted you may obtain a copy of the will from:

Probate Office

Level 14, 111 St Georges Terrace

Perth WA 6000

Phone: (08) 9421 5152

Where is the Perth Registry Office located and what is your postal address?

PO Box 7720

Cloisters Square

PERTH WA 6850

What are the Perth Registry Office's hours of business?

Source: www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au

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