You normally need to register a death within 5 working days unless a referral to the Coroner has been made. In this case you will be advised when to register the death and it is likely that the Coroner’s office will issue you with an interim death certificate, (this is a temporary certificate until the Coroner’s proceedings have concluded).
The following people can register a death:
- A relative of the person who has died
- Any person present at the death
- A person who lives in the house where the person died
- The person arranging the funeral (this cannot be a Funeral Director)
You will make an appointment with the local Registrar to register the death (this interview is usually carried out at the Register Office but may be a telephone interview(COVID-19).
You will need the following information about the person who has died:
- Full name
- Marital Status
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Maiden Name (if female and married)
- Spouse’s Name
- Spouse’s Date of Birth
- Spouse’s Occupation
You will also need to take the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) issued by the GP/Bereavement Centre; the deceased’s Medical Card (or NHS card), Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
You will purchase any certified copies of the Death Certificate you require from the Registrar (you will need these for official purposes for example closing bank accounts, Insurances, Pension Schemes etc). The current charge for each certificate, made by the Registrar is £11.00.
The registrar will also issue you with a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as a green form), which you should give to your funeral director as soon as possible.
The Registrar also offers the “Tell Us Once” service. This service is offered by most local authorities on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and acts to inform central and local government services of the death at one time rather than you having to inform each service individually. This service is free to use and can save you a great deal of time and effort.