Registering a death
Once the cause of death has been certified by a doctor (or, in some cases, a coroner), the next step is to get
a formal certified death certificate from your local registrar. Deaths in England and Wales should be registered
within 5 days and in the district where the person died. To register a death you need to make an appointment with
the register office.
Who can Register
1. A close relative of the deceased
2. A relative in attendance during the illness
3. A relative living in the district where the death occurred
4. A person present at the death
5. The person responsible for the payment of the funeral account
1. Doctor’s or Coroner’s certificate of death
2. Medical card if available or the national heath service number available from the surgery
3. The persons birth certificate and, if appropriate, Marriage Certificate can be helpful.
Information required to Register
1. Date and place of death
2. Full name and maiden name if applicable
3. Date and place of birth
4. Last full time occupation and home address
5. If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse
6. Whether the deceased was in receipt of a state pension
The Registrar will issue a GREEN CERTIFICATE which is required by us before the funeral can take place.
Certified copies of the death certificate are available at £3.50 each.
If the death is referred to the Coroner, it would be advisable to contact us for further advice so that provisional
arrangements can be made prior to the Coroner giving permission for the registration and the funeral to take place.