Register a death in Bath and North East Somerset

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 and cut down on the amount of administration you need to do by accessing the Tell Us Once scheme.

At the registration you will be given Form 9 (green form) for burial or cremation which will mean your funeral directors can set a date for the funeral.

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

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

  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors.

You will need to bring:

  • The 'Medical Certificate Cause of Death' (MCCD) from the qualified doctor certifying the death.

If you have the following documents please bring them with you

  • Proof of Identity and the address of the person registering the death (e.g. Passport; Driving Licence; Utility Bill)
  • The deceased’s medical card or their ten digit NHS number
  • The deceased’s passport
  • The deceased’s birth certificate
  • Proof of the deceased’s address (e.g. Utility Bill)
  • The deceased’s marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • Any Deed Poll for the deceased

Please do not delay registration looking for these documents.

If the death is passed to the coroner please contact the Register Office to ensure we have the documentation required to register the death.

Death certificates can be on the day of registration for £11 each by debit/credit card.


When you register a death

We will ask you to declare the information about the deceased and information about you the informant.  A draft register page will be printed for you to check the information please ensure the information is correct before you sign the register page.  Any amendments to the registration thereafter will incur a correction fee of £75.00/£90.00 and a completed application form. 

If the person died in Bath and North East Somerset please call us on 01225 477234 to arrange an appointment at one of our Register Offices. The online booking facility is currently unavailable.

If it would be easier for you to attend a Register Office outside Bath and North East Somerset, you may register the death by declaration at any Register Office in England or Wales.

If you register the death by declaration you will not be given the death certificate at the appointment. We will send the death certificate to you by post once we have received the declaration paperwork from the Register Office you attended. The death must still be registered within 5 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. Please see find a register office on the GOV.UK website.

If it would be easier for you to attend one of our Register Offices, you may register the death by declaration.

If you register the death by declaration you will not be given the death certificate at the appointment. The declaration paperwork will be sent on to the Register Office in the district where the death occurred. They will then issue the death certificate and send it to you by post.

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

Different rules apply if a person dies in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Please see register a death on the GOV.UK website for more information.

If the person died abroad

If the person died outside of the UK, please read the information available on the GOV.UK website.

If you are unsure what you should do after someone has died, please read the guidance available on the GOV.UK website.

Information and advice about arranging a burial, cremation or memorial can be found in burials and cremations and memorials information

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