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Cook Islands - Death Certificate

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  1. You can request for a copy of a death certificate in person or you may also send your request via email (see contact information below). Note: For request send via email, it will be better if you will give the registry office a call to check how you can arrange payment for the certificate or other required information.
  2. When you submit your request make sure that you have provided the following details:
    1. name of the deceased
    2. date of death
    3. place of death

When Living Outside the Country[edit]

It may be possible for you to obtain a copy of a death certificate from a Cook Islands overseas office or diplomatic representatives of the Cook Islands in foreign countries, you may use the link below under 'Office Locations & Contacts' section to see a list of addresses and contact details.

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Required Documents[edit]

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry of Justice

Physical address:
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Monday - Friday
(except public holidays)
8:00am - 4:00pm

Postal address:
PO Box 111
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
email: [email protected]
Ph: 682-29410
Fax: 682-29610

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
PO Box 105
Cook Islands

Telephone: +682 29 347
Fax: +682 21 247

Cook Islands Overseas Offices

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Only close members of the family can apply for a death certificate.


  • For every certified copy of an entry in a register book kept in a Registrar's office, and for every certified copy of an entry in the office of the Registrar-General (when correct year is given): $25.00
  • For every certificate of date of death when correct year given, including any certificate issued pursuant to section 44 of the Act: $15.00


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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The Registry Office only records deaths within the Cook Islands.

By law, deaths must be registered within three (3) days of burial. If the body is missing, registration can only take place after seven (7) years. For un-natural deaths, you will have to wait for the Coroners' report before the registration can proceed.

Once a death is registered, a death certificate will be issued.

Required Information[edit]

  1. name of the deceased
  2. date of death
  3. place of death

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Need for the Document[edit]

Following is a procedure on how to obtain a death certificate in Cook Islands.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

You will need to present the death certificate of your parent if you are applying for succession to lands, if any, recorded under your parent\'s name in the Land Title Register.

External Links[edit]

Ministry of Justice

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