Births, Deaths and Marriages in South Australia manage death certificates.


Apply for a death certificate

Death certificates are often needed to finalise a person’s estate. They are also commonly used to research family histories.

The funeral director usually applies for a death certificate when they register a death.

To apply for a death certificate you need to be:

  • a parent or child of the deceased person
  • their spouse, de facto or registered partner – evidence is needed if surnames are different
  • a legal guardian – evidence is needed for non-parent guardians
  • the executor of their estate, an administrator or trustee – evidence is needed
  • have power of attorney or written authority to act on the person’s behalf – evidence is needed.

Anyone can access an historical death certificate (more than 30 years old).

You’ll need to supply basic information about the person whose certificate you want, and proof of your identity.


Register a death

When someone dies in South Australia, the funeral director will normally register their death with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) on behalf of the person’s family or friends.

Deaths need to be registered within seven days of burial or cremation. There is no fee to register a death.

Information for funeral directors and doctors


Responsibilities of doctors and funeral directors

This information can be used as a guide when:

  • doctors certify a death from natural causes (not referred to the coroner)
  • funeral directors arrange a burial or cremation
  • adding court appointed guardian details to a death record.

Funeral directors can register a death and apply for cremation permits or death certificates.

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