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Registering a death

In most cases you will need to register the death within five days and it is best to visit the Register Office ( if possible) in the area in which the person died. This can help avoid delays getting the necessary documents.

We can contact the register office and make an appointment on your behalf at a time that is convenient to you.

If the Coroner is involved you will be advised when to register the death.

We can advise you on the procedure for registering a death. Below is a guide that can help, but please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You should take with you the Medical Certificate issued by the doctor showing the cause of death and the deceased’s Medical Card.

You will also require the following information about the deceased:

Full name
Marital Status
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Occupation
Usual address
Maiden Name (if female and married)
Spouse’s Name
Spouse’s Date of Birth
Spouse’s Occupation

The registrar will issue you with:

A Certificate of Registration of Death, which you should fill in and send to the social security office for the area where the person died
A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as a green form), which you should give to your funeral director as soon as possible.
Certified copies of the entry of death can also be issued by The Registrar, you will need these for official purposes such as Insurers, closing Bank Accounts and Pension Schemes etc
(Please be aware a charge of £4.00 is made by The Registrar for each of the certified copies)