The death of someone close to you can involve enormous stress as you come to terms with your bereavement.

1. When to register a death

It is possible to register the death once you have obtained the 'Medical Certificate of Death' from the hospital or doctor.

If the death is referred to the coroner's office the registration will only occur once the coroner has given permission.

Legally, the death must be registered within 5 days but this period may be extended under certain circumstances.

If the death has been reported to the coroner, wait until you hear from the coroner before you come to see us.

2. What information we need to register a death

The doctor who treated the person during their last illness will usually issue a medical certificate of the cause of death.

To register a death and to start funeral arrangements, it is essential you bring the medical certificate of death with you.

You will also need to bring proof of identity when you when you come to see us - a valid passport or a form of ID.

If you do not have these documents you will need to provide us the following information:

  • date and place of the deceased birth
  • spouse/ civil partner's full name.

3. Your certificates

We will give you:

  • a certificate (form BD8) for you to use when you contact the social security office about the death
  • a green form the undertaker will need to arrange the burial or cremation, unless the death has been reported to the coroner and a separate certificate issued allowing the funeral to take place (we'll tell you if this is the case).

4. Who can register a death

  • a relative of the deceased present at death
  • a relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness of the deceased
  • A relative of the deceased.
  • A person present at death.
  • The occupier e.g. manager of a care home/hospital administrator.
  • The person causing the body to be buried or cremated.

5. Where to register the death

If the person died in Lambeth, you should register the death with us.

If it is too distressing or not convenient for you to attend this office to register the death, then you may go to any other Register Office in England or Wales to register by 'Death Declaration'.

When you attend that Register Office, the registrar will record the relevant information and act as an intermediary, sending the details to us by post. In this case, we will send the death certificates to you by post.

Copies of death certificates are only available from the office where the death is registered and not where the death declaration was made.

If you require copy death certificates please make a cheque or postal order payable to 'London Borough of Lambeth' for the amount of £4 for each extra certificate (certificate price at the time of registration).

6. Death certificates and cost

A death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Deaths. The registrar can issue copies of this for a statutory fee of £4 at the time of registration.

You may purchase as many certificates as required on the day of registration. However, certificates purchased the day after registration will cost a statutory fee of £7 until such time as the Register is completed.

Once the Register is completed and deposited, the cost of any further certificates will be £10 per copy.

7. Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is a service enabling councils to offer a bereavement and birth registration service which puts the customer at the heart of what they do.

Once the death has been registered, several other organisations may have to be contacted and given the same information. By using the Tell us Once service you only have to give us the details once and we will contact the Department of Work and Pensions who will then pass the details on to other government departments, we will also tell other local authority service.

We have a specialist team to provide additional help/information to assist you. This includes:

  • informing Lambeth Pensions (if the person that has died lives in Lambeth)
  • informing Blue Badge department (or Parking) to send surviving spouse an application for Blue Badges
  • contact tenancy officers to send Succession of Tenancy Forms
  • enhanced primary care (EPC) referrals
  • outside Partnerships Area Joint Team Referrals
  • customised list of funeral directors
  • contact information for private/occupational pensions and annuities
  • DVLA contact details/passport return forms and details.

8. Making an appointment

Call us to make an appointment

020 7926 9420
We offer appointments from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Please note that the Register Office is closed on the first Wednesday of every month until 1pm.

We will aim to see you within 10 minutes of your appointment time, if you arrive on time.

9. Register a death that occurred outside the UK

More details are available at: