There is a legal requirement for an informant to register a death within 5 days from the date of death.
All death registrations are by appointment only.
Please read the information below before booking an appointment.
You cannot book an appointment online if:
- the death is being investigated by the coroner
- you are registering the death of somebody under the age of 18
- you need to bury the deceased within 24 hours of death
- the deceased was subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
Please contact us on 01225 477234 (and select option 3 for 'Other Enquiries') to make an appointment.
Who can register a death?
You can register a death if you are:
- a relative of the deceased; (next of kin) by blood or marriage
or, if there are no relatives,
- the person arranging the funeral; or
- someone who was present at the death; or
- the occupier, matron or owner of a nursing home or the hospital administrator of the premises where the death occurred.
Information you need when registering a death
What you should take to the appointment
When you attend your appointment, you must have a medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor or hospital.
If the Coroner was involved and/or a post-mortem carried out, you must check with the Register Office that they have the relevant Coroner’s paperwork before attending your appointment.
You will also need to know the deceased’s full name, as well as the place and date of death.
It would also be helpful if you could tell the Registrar:
- any names previously used, e.g. maiden name
- the person’s date and place of birth
- their current address
- their occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
If you have them, you should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill) and the deceased's name and address, but you can still register a death without them.
Tell Us Once service
Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. We'll give you a reference number when you register the death to allow you to use this service.
The documents we will give you
At the appointment you will usually be issued with a green form for the Funeral Director and a white form called a BD8 for the Department for Work and Pensions. Both of these documents will be issued free of charge.
You may obtain certified copies of the entry (the documents known generally as death certificates) at registration. They are £4.00 each and you can purchase as many as you need. They may be required for:
- banks or building societies
- insurance companies
- stocks and shares
- private pensions
- post office accounts
The cost of additional certificates rises to £7.00/£10.00 following registration. So it is advisable to purchase them on the day.
For information about ordering copy certificates, please see copies of certificates.