Register a death

How to register

A death should be registered within 5 days of the death.

The GP or hospital will issue a medical certificate of cause of death or the coroner will issue paperwork. 

The necessary paperwork and contact details of the next of kin will be emailed directly to the Register Office. Once received, the Registrar will call the next of kin to arrange an appointment to register the death.

At the appointment, you will need to provide the following information about the person who has died:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name at the time of death
  • Any names previously used, eg maiden name, formerly known as names
  • Date and place of birth
  • Their last address
  • Their current occupation, or last full-time occupation if retired or unemployed due to disability/ill health
  • The full name, date of birth, and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner

Who can register a death

The following people (in order of preference) can register a death:

  • A relative
  • A person that was present at the death
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred (if he/she was aware of the death)
  • The person arranging the funeral with the funeral director

Cost

  • Registering a death - Free
  • Death certificate at time of registration - £11

If you would like to buy additional copies of a death certificate after the death has been registered please visit our Buy a copy of a certificate page for details.

The certificate for burial or cremation (the green form), gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. Once the death has been registered the form can be emailed by the Registrar to the relevant organisation organising the funeral.

Tell Us Once

The Registrar will provide a unique reference number for accessing the Department for Work & Pensions Tell Us Once (TUO) Service. This service allows Local and Central Government departments to be notified of the death at the same time. The Registrar does not need a National Insurance number, however, it is helpful to have the number when you complete the Tell Us Once form.

Further guidance

The GOV.UK website will guide you on what to do when someone dies.