How do I register a death?

How to register a death

In most cases, a close relative registers the death before the funeral. If no relative is available then this duty may be performed by any person present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death took place, or the person who is accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral.

Sometimes it may be necessary to arrange an appointment with the registrar. We can arrange for someone to accompany you, if you prefer.

Essential information for the Registrar:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Home address
  • If the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If applicable, the date of birth of the surviving spouse

Additional documents the Registrar will need:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • Deceased’s National Health Service medical card (if available)
  • Deceased’s Birth Certificate
  • Deceased’s Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

The Registrar may issue a green certificate for burial or cremation which is required by us prior to the funeral. Certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained for a small charge – these may be needed for legal or financial purposes.

If the death has been referred to the coroner, the registration process may vary – but don’t worry, we’re here to help and advise.