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How do I register the death?

How do I register the death?

All deaths must be registered in the registrar’s office for the area in which the death occurred.  This should be done within five days of death occurring (not applicable if the death has been referred to H M Coroner). 

Who can register the death?

  • A close relative (eg Spouse, Child, Brother, Sister, Parent, Guardian)

  • A relative in attendance during the last illness

  • A relative living in the district where the death occurred

  • A person present at death

  • The person causing the funeral to take place

What documents do I need to take to the Registrar?

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (normally issued by the GP or hospital doctor) is absolutely necessary

    If you have them readily available, it is also worth taking the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate

You also need to give the registrar the following information:

  • Date and place of death

  • Full name of the deceased (Maiden name if married woman)

  • Home address

  • Date and place of birth

  • National Insurance Number (this is needed for the Tell Us Once service)

  • Occupation

  • If married, full name of surviving spouse

The Registrar will then give you:

  • A green certificate which should be given to the Funeral Director as soon as possible

  • A white certificate (BD8) for the Department of Work and Pensions.

    This is to stop any benefits and pensions from the DWP and should be handed in at the local office or sent in the envelope provided

  • Certified copies of the Death Certificate for insurance companies, banks, building societies and solicitors.

    These are currently £4.00 each and you can purchase as many as you need.