Registering a Death

A death needs to be registered with the Registrars of Births and Deaths within five working days of its occurrence, unless the coroner has been involved and it may then be necessary to wait for the coroner to issue documents to the registrar before an appointment can be made.

The death should be registered in the district where it happened by a relative, however if there are no relatives, then someone such as a person who was present at the death, a senior administrator of the establishment in which the death occurred or the person arranging the funeral can register. (This cannot be done by the Funeral Director).

The medical certificate of Cause of Death (commonly referred to as the Death Certificate) will be emailed, by the doctor who last cared for the deceased, directly to the Registry office. You will need to make an appointment to register the death, over the telephone.

Information Needed to Register

  • Full name of the deceased
  • The deceased’s usual address
  • The date & place of death
  • The deceased’s maiden name or any previous names
  • Occupation
  • Full name, address and occupation of spouse or civil partner

Death Certificates must be ordered and paid for, at a cost of £11 each, when booking your appointment. Death Certificates are required by solicitors, banks, building societies and other financial institutions..

Certificates cannot be purchased during your appointment.

The death certificate will be posted out to you by first class post.

The Registrar will email the ‘green form’ directly to the funeral director or crematorium.