How to register a death

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It's important to register a death as soon as possible.

When someone dies, registering the death is one of the first things to do. The Government has a useful step by step guide on what to do when someone dies.

Making an appointment

You should register the death within 5 days unless the coroner has requested a post mortem or an inquest. They will then tell you when the death can be registered.

You can book an appointment to register a death by telephone during COVID-19.

  • Use our online form to request a telephone appointment
  • Call our Customer Services Team on 0300 1234 181. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Once we have received your request we will get the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and/or other necessary paperwork. We will then contact you to confirm arrangements for your appointment. You should allow approximately 30 minutes for the telephone appointment.

Who can register a death

You can register a death that occurred at home or a communal establishment (hospital, nursing home etc) if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased (A relative is someone that is connected by blood, marriage or civil partnership, or by adoption)
  • someone who was present at the death
  • the occupier of the property where the death occurred
  • the person arranging the funeral
  • a funeral director acting on behalf of the family

You can register a death that occurred elsewhere if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased
  • someone who was present at the death
  • a person finding or taking charge of the deceased
  • the person arranging the funeral
  • a funeral director acting on behalf of the family

Information you need to provide

You will need to have the following information ready for your telephone appointment .

  • Date of death
  • Place of death - This will be the name of the hospital or nursing home, the name or number of the house, the name of the street and village town etc. If the death took place in an ambulance, car etc then you need to provide information about the locality of the vehicle when the death occurred. As well as its intended destination
  • Name and surname - This should be the name they were known as at the time of his or her death. You should also establish if they are known by any other name currently or previously. You need to record those details together with some notes as to the circumstances. This will help the registrar ascertain how to record the information in the entry.
  • Sex - Male or female
  • Maiden surname of woman who has married.  This is the surname in which a woman contracted her (first) marriage.
  • Date of birth - Please provide approximate dates if exact date not known.
  • Place of birth - Town and county/London borough or country of birth. You only need the country if they were born outside UK
  • Occupation - Provide as much information as possible relating to the most recent occupation. Please also record whether the deceased was retired.
  • Deceased's spouse or civil partner - Provide full name, occupation and date of birth of the deceased's spouse or civil partner
  • Burial or cremation
  • Usual address -This should include the name or number of the house, name of the street and village or town. Where the death occurred in a hospital the deceased’s usual address should be recorded.


After the death has been registered, the Registrar will issue the following documents

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation
    This is often known as the 'Green Form' and is free of charge. We will send this directly to the crematorium, burial authority or to your funeral director. This form is needed before the burial or cremation can take place. In some circumstances this is issued by the Coroner.
  • Standard Death Certificates
    Death certificates are available at £11.00 each and are sent by post. If you request certificates during a telephone appointment you will need to pay by credit or debit card.

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