Coronavirus update - Registering a death
We are only registering deaths by phone until further notice. See below for more information and to book your telephone appointment.
Register a death
Who can register a death?
People who have a legal responsibility to register a death include:
- A relative.
- A person present at the death.
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew about of it.
- The person responsible for arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director).
A death should normally be registered within five days (unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to a death). The death must be registered at the Register Office for the district where the death occurred.
Book an appointment
We are registering deaths by telephone until further notice, but you will still need to book an appointment.
Alternatively, you can contact us to book an appointment.
What will the registrar ask me?
The Registrar will ask you for:
- The date and place of death.
- The full name and surname of the deceased person (and the maiden surname if the deceased was a married woman/civil partner).
- The date and place of birth.
- The occupation of the deceased and, if the deceased person was a married woman, the full name and occupation of her husband.
- Their usual address.
- Their last occupation.
- If the deceased was married, widowed or registered a formal civil partnership, the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner.
- The date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner.
- Details of any public sector pension e.g. civil service, teacher or armed forces.
What do I need to register a death?
The doctor or hospital should have sent documents to the Registrar to allow the registration to take place.
It will also be helpful (but not essential) to have the following documents to hand. All documents relate to the deceased unless otherwise stated.
- Birth/marriage/civil partnership certificates.
- Deed poll (name change).
- Driving licence.
- Medical card.
- Recent utility or Council Tax bill (to verify address).
- Your own passport, utility/council tax bill, driving licence.
Copies of death certificates are £11 each. You can purchase these when you register a death over the phone and we will post it out to you. You can also purchase copies online anytime afterwards.
What if I lose a death certificate?
Duplicate or copy certificates can always be obtained at a later date if required. Find out how to get copies of certificates.
Children under the age of 16
All death and stillbirth certificates issued for children under the age of 16 will be issued free of charge at the time of registration and for one month afterwards.
Tell Us Once
Tell Us Once is an optional free service that lets you report a death to most government organisations and council departments in one go.
When you register a death with us, the registrar will ask you if you want to use this service. Find out more about Tell Us Once.