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Apply for a death certificate

About death certificates

Most of the time you will not need to apply for a death certificate. Instead, a funeral director will apply for a standard death certificate on your behalf when you organise the funeral.

We offer three types of death certificates:

Standard death certificates
Standard death certificates show the full details of the death record. Most organisations will accept this certificate for official purposes.
Abridged death certificates
Abridged death certificates are an alternative to standard death certificates if you do not want to provide the full details to an organisation. The abridged certificate does not contain the deceased's cause of death, marriage details, parents' details or children's details. Check with each organisation whether they will accept this type of certificate before you apply for it.
Interim death certificates
Interim death certificates are only offered if the Coroner is still investigating the cause of death. Interim certificates include the same information as a standard death certificate except the cause of death. Check with each organisation whether they will accept this type of certificate before you apply for it. You cannot apply for an interim death certificate online.

 

We can only issue a death certificate once the death is registered in Victoria.

If the death happened outside Victoria, contact the Registry office of the state, territory or country where the death occurred.

We recommend you keep all Registry-issued documents safe and secure.

 

How to apply

The easiest and most efficient way to apply for a death certificate, where you are next of kin, is to apply online (external link).

You can also apply by mail, or in person at our Melbourne Customer Service Centre (CSC) or at selected Victorian Justice Service Centres (JSCs). To apply by mail or in person, you will need to download and complete a death certificate application form.

Turnaround times vary depending on how you apply.

Application checklist

Make sure you:

  • Fill out the whole application form.
  • Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form or proof of identity page for more details).
    • Online or mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified.
    • In person: Submit either original proof of identity documents or certified photocopies.
  • Provide the required application fee. You can pay by:
    • Online: Visa or MasterCard.
    • Mail: Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.
    • In person: Cash, EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, money order or personal cheque.