Registering a Death
In the UK, a death must normally be registered at the Registrar’s Office, within 5 days. If a Coroner is involved, it may not be possible to register the death within this time but the Coroner will advise you as to when the registration can take place.
Local Registrar Office Details
Ideally, the death should be registered at the Registrar’s Office in the district where the person died. However, if this is inconvenient you can register at another Office out of the district. The Registrar will then complete a form of declaration which is sent to the local Registration Office. This procedure can often delay funerals by a few days.
You will need to either book online or telephone to make an appointment to register the death.
Out of Area – find the correct Registrar Office [here]
The registrar will require the following information about the deceased:
• Full name
• Any names previously used (e.g. maiden name)
• Date and place of birth
• Last address
• Marital status
• Full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse/civil partner
• Whether the deceased was in receipt of a State Pension or any other benefits.
The Registrar will issue a Death Certificate to you at your appointment (which you must attend in person), and will send a “Certificate for Burial or Cremation” commonly known as the “green form” directly to the Funeral Director by email. Occasionally, they may give the green form to you to pass to the Funeral Director. This form is required in order to proceed with the funeral arrangements. The Registrar can also provide certified copies of the death certificate, so you will need a debit or credit card to make payment for these. Copies of the death certificate may need to be given to banks etc. in order to close accounts.