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Registering a death

In Queensland, you do not have to worry about registering a relative or friend who has passed away here. The funeral director will submit the death registration application form to us online through the eDeath registration system or by post, within 14 days.

If you choose to make the funeral arrangements for your relative or friend yourself, instead of using a funeral director, you should contact us for more information on the death registration process.

Where an Australian relative or friend passes away overseas and needs to be registered you should contact the registry in the state or territory where they lived or owned property for more information.

How to apply for a death certificate

The funeral director will apply for a standard death certificate when they submit the death registration application form.

You can also apply for a death certificate yourself once the death is registered—use the death certificate application form if you need additional death certificates, a replacement death certificate or a commemorative death certificate. A standard death certificate shows the full details of the death record and is a recognised identity document that informs government agencies and financial institutions that a person has passed away.

How to submit a death registration

The death registration and notification of burial or cremation should be submitted to us using the eDeath registration and online burial and cremation notification (OBCN) systems.

Details that we are given are then matched electronically to verify and complete the registration. We may need to contact you to confirm some of the details.

Apply by email for help submitting eDeath registrations or online burial and cremation notifications.

Apply for access

If you are a funeral director or in charge of a cemetery or crematorium you are required by law to notify us of a death, burial or cremation—you will need to apply for access to our systems. We will give you all the information you need to get started and give you ongoing support.

You must be an authorised user—there is no fee to use the online death systems. All you need is internet access and a phone that can receive SMS messages.

Apply by email for access to the eDeath registrations or OBCN systems.

Contact us

Email bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au, we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

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