Deaths should normally be registered within 5 days, unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. A death should be registered in the district where it occurred.
We will be as sympathetic and supportive as possible, and will answer all the questions you may have.
We, or a funeral director, will advise you what to do if the coroner has been informed of the death.
Arranging your appointment
If you need to register a death, you can arrange an appointment with us online. Appointments are generally available in the afternoons only.
Register Office appointments – register a death
The following people, in order of preference, are legally required to register a death:
- a relative
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the premises where the death occurred, if he or she was aware of the death
- the person arranging the funeral (this does not mean the funeral director)
Attending your appointment
You must bring with you a medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor who was treating the deceased. If possible, you should also bring the deceased's birth certificate, marriage certificate and medical card.
A registrar will talk with you in private, and ask questions about the person who has died.
You will need to know the following information:
- the date and place of death
- the full name and surname, and if the deceased was a married woman, the surname/family name used before marriage
- the date and place of birth
- the occupation, and if the deceased was a married woman or widow, the full name and occupation of her husband
- the usual address
- if the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower
- whether the deceased received a pension or allowance from public funds
You will be given a document to enable you to make the funeral arrangements. If the death was referred to the coroner, there may be other procedures.
You will be given a form for Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) purposes. You may also wish to purchase a copy death certificate at this time.
You may need these for:
- probate or letters of administration
- banks and building society accounts
- insurance companies
- stocks and shares
- other purposes
If you do not buy enough certificates at the time you register, you can still get them at any time in the future, but they may cost more if the register has been completed.