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Key info

  • To apply for a certificate, the death must be registered in Tasmania.
  • A death certificate application usually takes about 2 weeks. There is a priority service online and at some service centres.
  • The what to do when someone dies life event contains additional information to help you manage the things that need to be done at this difficult time.
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About applying for a death certificate

You can apply through Births, Deaths and Marriages for:

  • a standard death certificate - an official, certified copy of the death registration details held by Births, Deaths and Marriages. It is needed for many legal purposes
  • an extract of death - a certificate listing the deceased's name, sex, date and place of death
  • a medical certificate of cause of death - not available for coroner's cases. If the death was before 1970, cause of death is already included on an individual's death certificate
  • a recognition of early pregnancy loss - this certificate is only available if your loss took place in Tasmania, before your baby was 20 weeks or, if weeks are unknown, your baby weighed less than 400g. Your doctor or midwife must sign the declaration.

How to apply

OnlineService CentrePost
Births, Deaths and MarriagesFind your nearest Service CentreRegistry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
30 Gordons Hill Road

Priority service

A priority service is available online and at some service centres.


Approved applications can be issued the same day by registered or express post.

Service centre

If you lodge a priority application at one of the following service centres, it can be printed onsite, ready for you to collect.

  • Burnie
  • Devonport
  • Hobart
  • Huonville
  • Launceston
  • Scottsdale
  • Sorell

Certificates can be printed on-site within 2 hours once the application is submitted.

You must collect your certificate with your identification and receipt.

What you need to apply

You must have the following:

  • the type of certificate you are applying for
  • personal details of the deceased and yourself
  • contact details
  • proof of your relationship to the deceased (if required)
  • proof of identity documents
  • additional documents that apply to the executor of estate, administrator or trustee or power of attorney (if applicable)
  • payment for the fee.

If you are applying by post or at a service centre, you must complete a death certificate application (PDF, 239KB).

Can I apply?

People who can apply are:

  • a parent
  • a person's child (proof of relationship must be provided)
  • a child's legal guardian (non-parent guardians must provide evidence)
  • the person's current partner (evidence of the relationship must be provided, such as a marriage or significant relationship certificate)
  • an executor of their estate, administrator or trustee - proof of authority must be provided
  • someone with written authority or power of attorney - proof of authority (PDF, 416KB) must be provided.

Certificates can only be issued for deaths registered in Tasmania.

Proving your identity

There are 3 ways you can prove your identity:

  • online (documents marked with an asterisk (*) can be verified by our online document verification service)
  • by showing your original identity documents at a service centre
  • by sending certified copies of your identity documents by post.

You must provide one of these combinations of current documents:

  • One document from category 1, 2 and 3
  • Two documents from category 2 and one from category 1 or 3
  • Two documents from category 3 and one from category 1 or 2.

At least one document must show your current address.

  • *An Australian birth certificate
  • *Citizenship certificate
  • Immicard
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand birth certificate.

  • *Australian driver licence
  • *Australian passport
  • Firearms licence
  • Foreign passport
  • Proof of age card.

  • *Medicare card
  • *Australian marriage certificate (issued from Births Deaths and Marriages office)
  • Centrelink or Department of Veteran Affairs card
  • Security/crowd control licence
  • Tertiary education institution ID card
  • Credit card/bank statement
  • Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)
  • Lease or rent agreement with current address
  • Australian Taxation Office assessment with current address.

If you have changed your name please provide proof from the list below of each name change. This is so we can link your current name to the name recorded on the birth record.

  • Adoption paper issued by court
  • Divorce paper issued by court, indicating the name being reverted to
  • Change of name registration from Australia or overseas issuing authority
  • Guardianship order
  • Relationship certificate (not required if registered in Tasmania)
  • Marriage certificate from Australia or overseas issuing authority (not required if registered in Tasmania).

  • If you submit a printed online bank, superannuation or utility statement, they must be:
    • on official company letterhead, or
    • stamped and approved by the bank, superannuation or utility company.
  • Financial statements, utility accounts, rates notices or superannuation fund statements must have been issued with the last 12 months.

  • If you live overseas, you can provide overseas' equivalents to Australian identity documents, such as a foreign driver licence.
  • Documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a translation from a national accredited translation authority.

How much it costs

Type of certificateDescriptionCost

Standard certificate

Fee for an official birth, death, marriage, change of name or relationship certificate.


Priority Service (posted)

This service ensures that an approved and completed application is processed and issued within 24 hours.


Priority Service (same day collection)

This service ensures that an approved and completed application is processed within two hours (in service centre opening hours). This service is only available at the Hobart, Sorell, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Scottsdale and Huonville service centres.


Decorative birth certificate

You cannot use a decorative certificate for official purposes, such as proof of identity.


Standard birth and decorative package

A standard birth certificate and a decorative birth certificate.


Extended search

A standard certificate application includes a 5 year search. There is an extra fee ($18.70) for every additional 5 years searched.


Medical certificate of cause of death (post 1970 deaths only)

A certified copy of the original medical certificate showing cause of death only.


Postage costs

There are additional costs that apply for certificate postage.

Postage TypeCost

Express Post (within Australia)


International Registered Postage


International Standard Air Mail


Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

Payment options

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Please note: Personal cheques are not accepted for the priority service

More Information

  • Anyone can access a death record more than 25 years old.

Please visit Births, Deaths and Marriages for more information on applying for a death certificate.