Registering a death is one of the only elements of the funeral planning process that your funeral director cannot do for you. Here is a simple guide on how to register a death. Please do get in touch with us if you need advice or guidance…
Registering A Death
- A relative or executor
- A person who was present at the death
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred
- The person arranging for the funeral.
A death normally needs to be registered within five days, unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances relating to the death. In certain situations, the five-day period can be extended.
Contact a registry office to register the death. You can contact any registry office, but it will be quicker if you use the one in the area where the person died. Our staff will be more than happy to advise you on where you must go to do this, and if needed will make the appointment for you.
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) issued by the doctor
- Birth certificate
- Council tax bill
- Driving licence
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
- Proof of address e.g. utility bill
Ask the registry office what to do if you do not have any of the above.
When you register a death, we recommend that you take advantage of the new “Tell Us Once” scheme, that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.
The registrar will interview you in private to gather the following information for the register:
- The person’s full name at the time of death
- Any names previously used, e.g. maiden name
- The person’s date and place of birth
- Their last address
- Their occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
- Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits
You will be issued with:
- A ‘green form’ which enables you to arrange the funeral (however, if the Coroner is involved different procedures may apply). This is issued free of charge.
- A form for social security purposes. This is also issued free of charge.
- You may also purchase certified copies of the entry (death certificates) at the time of registration at a cost of £11.00 each.