Eligibility for Death Documents

Death Certificate / Photocopy of a Registration of Death

The following persons are eligible to apply for a death certificate or photocopy of a Registration of Death.

a) The executor of the deceased’s person’s estate.
- A copy of the will identifying the executor must be attached to the application.

b) An adult next-of-kin* of the deceased person including a minor parent, spouse or partner.
- Proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application.

c) A guardian or trustee, for the deceased person immediately before death as established by court documents.
- A copy of the legal document must be attached to the application.

d) A person with an order from the court.
- A copy of the order must be attached to the application.

e) A joint tenant with the deceased immediately before the deceased’s death.
- A certified copy of the property title showing joint tenancy must be attached to the application.

f) A person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a) to (c).
- The consent and statutory declaration on the application must be completed.

g) An adult relative of the deceased person when there is no person eligible to apply as described in (a) to (d).
- Proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application.

h) A funeral home representative who is making arrangements for the deceased person.
- Proof of occupation must be attached to the application.

i) A lawyer for the person described in (a) to (e), (g).
- A copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application. 

Medical Certificate of Death

The following persons are eligible to apply for a Medical Certificate of Death

a) Adult next-of-kin* of the deceased person or stillborn child, including a minor parent.
- Proof of relationship must be attached to the application – when a birth certificate is supplied, it must show parentage.

b) A person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a).
- The consent and statutory declaration on the application must be completed.

c) Any person with an order from the court.
- A copy of the order must be attached to the application.

d) A lawyer for a person described in (a) or (c).
- A copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application.

Anyone may apply for a death document

When a death record is 50 years or older, there are no eligibility restrictions.

 

* Next-of-kin: Mother, father, brother, sister, children, spouse, or adult interdependent partner. This does not include in-laws, grand children, step relatives, aunt, uncles, nieces or nephews. Persons who have been adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.