Register a death in Bath and North East Somerset

Update: 30th March 2020

Bath and North East Somerset Registration Service prioritises the safety and wellbeing of the public and staff.

In light of the current situation with the Covid-19 outbreak, death registrations are temporarily being registered over the phone. You will need to make an appointment but will not need to attend in person. To book an appointment please call the office on 01225 477 234

If you need a death certificate for a death which has already been registered in Bath and North East Somerset, please apply by emailing register_office@bathnes.gov.ukPlease include a contact telephone number as we will need to call to take payment over the phone. All certificates are £11 each

When and where to register a death

All deaths must be registered within 5 calendar days  of the date of death unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. There is no fee to register.

Prompt registration also means that you can fix a date for the funeral.

We will ask the informant registering the death to declare the information about the deceased and also their own information. A draft register page will be printed for you to check the information carefully before signing the register page. Any errors can be corrected at this time before the register page is signed, any errors discovered after the register page has been signed will incur a correction fee of £75/£90 and a correction application form will need to be completed.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner's Office, please call the office before booking an appointment to ensure we have received the necessary paperwork from the Coroner to proceed with the registration.

If the person died within Bath and North East Somerset, please call the office on 01225 477 234 to arrange an appointment at one of our Register Offices

Who can register a death?

You can register the death if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased (the person who died)
  • someone present at the death
  • an administrator from the hospital or care home
  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors
What documents and information you will need for the appointment
  • The 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' (MCCD) from the qualified doctor certifying the death
  • Proof of Identity and address of the Informant (the person registering the death) e.g. Driving Licence etc
  • The deceased's full name, date and place of birth (birth certificate if available)
  • A Dead Poll or Change of Name certificate, if applicable
  • The deceased's full current address (a recent utility bill)
  • The deceased's marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • The deceased's NHS number

Please do not delay registration if you cannot find the supporting documents, we will take the information from the Informant from the best of their knowledge.

The documents we will give you at the appointment

At the registration you will be given a Form 9 (also known as a green form) for burial or cremation. This will need to be handed to your chosen funeral director who will then proceed with arranging a date and service for the funeral.

You will be able to purchase as many of the Death certificates as you need at the registration. The cost is £11 each copy and payment can be made using a credit/debit card (please note we are unable to accept American Express or Diners cards)

You will be given a unique reference number for the Tell Us Once scheme. Tell us once is a national scheme which enables you to inform a variety of national and government organisations that someone has died in one transaction. You can access the scheme either online or over the phone.

Registering a death by declaration

If the person died within Bath and North East Somerset

If you need to register a death but unable to attend one of our offices, you may wish to register the death at your local register Office or any Register Office in England or Wales by declaration.

If you register the death by declaration, you will not receive any paperwork or certificates at the appointment. These will be posted to you, once the registration by declaration paperwork has been received by the Bath Office from the Register Office you attended.

Please be aware the death must still be registered within 5 calendar days.

If the person died outside of Bath and North East Somerset, but still in England or Wales

You should contact the Register Office in the district where they died.

If it is easier for you to register a death which happened in another district at one of our offices, you may make an appointment to register by declaration.

If you register the death by declaration, you will not receive any paperwork or certificates at the appointment. These will be posted to you, once the registration by declaration paperwork has been posted out by the Bath Office to the Register Office in the district in which the death occurred.

If the person died outside of England or Wales, but still within the UK and abroad

Death registrations are different in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information on deaths which have occurred outside England or Wales or have died abroad.

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