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Registering a death

How and where you can register a death.

Book an appointment to register a death

It is a legal requirement to register a death within five calendar days unless the death has been referred to the coroner. The process of booking an appointment to register a death will take you through a series of questions that you will need to answer before we can book the appointment.    

A death can only be registered once the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) has been issued by the doctor, or in the case of a death reported to the coroner, confirmation from the coroner's office that the relevant paperwork has been issued to the Registration Service.

Alternatively, you can contact us on 0345 241 2489.

Deaths that occurred abroad

If you require information on a death that occurred abroad, please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Who can register the death

  • a relative of the deceased
  • someone who was present at the death
  • the person who is arranging the funeral
  • the occupier of the establishment where the death took place.

The information you will need to give the registrar

About the deceased

  • The date and place of death
  • Their full name and any other names they are known by or have been known by (including the maiden name of a woman who has been married)
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their occupation (if married, widowed, or a civil partner, the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)
  • Their usual address
  • Date of birth of surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were in receipt of any public sector pension, e.g. civil service, teacher, armed forces (reference number if known).
  • Their NHS number or medical card, if available

About the person registering

  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • Your full name
  • Your usual address

All information is given to the best of your knowledge.

Please be aware that if a mistake is made in the death entry there will be a fee to pay to have the information corrected.

The certificates that are issued

After the information has been recorded in the death register, the necessary forms and certificates will be issued:

  • A certificate for burial or cremation, known as the green form, which the funeral director will need (in some cases, the coroner will issue this form).
  • Death certificates. You may need certified copies of the death entry for other purposes (dealing with the will, probate, bank accounts, insurance, and so on). You may order as many copies as you require on the day and can also order additional copies at a later date.

Tell Us Once

At the end of your registration appointment, the registrar will provide you with a unique reference number which will enable you to access the Tell Us Once service.

You can use the Tell Us Once service to inform multiple local and central government departments of the death in one contact.  You can access the service online or by telephone after the registration appointment (if you are not the next of kin, you can still use the service if you have the permission of the next of kin to act on their behalf).

More guidance

If you feel you need more advice, here is a list of organisations that provide guidance during periods of bereavement.