Register a death

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

Deaths are registered by telephone appointment. To book an appointment please contact Cornwall Council Contact Centre on 0300 1234 181. Our phone lines are open:

  • Monday 9am to 6pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 6pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday 9am to 6pm
  • Friday 9am to 6pm

Where to register the death

If the death took place in Cornwall you will need to book an appointment with Cornwall Registration Service.

If the death took place outside of Cornwall you should register the death in the district where the death took place.

What you need to know

For further information on registering a death please refer to the Government's information about registering a death.

Errors and corrections

It is important that the information recorded in the register is correct. If you notice a mistake, however small, after the registration is complete, there will be a correction fee. The fee to apply for a correction will be £75 or £90 depending on the nature of the correction. Please note that payment of the fee does not guarantee the correction can be made.


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