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Currently, we are not registering births, marriages or civil ceremonies, and we have made changes to how we register deaths. We are sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause and will rebook as soon as possible once government rules change. The safety of our customers, community and staff is our first priority, and our principal focus is to ensure we are able to continue the essential work of registering deaths at this time.
Registering a death during the coronavirus pandemic
The government's Coronavirus Act 2020 has introduced some important changes to how deaths are registered.
- There will be no requirement to attend our office in person. For the duration of the pandemic period, deaths will be registered by telephone appointment. Telephone appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.
- There will be no requirement for relatives to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the hospital, care home or GP. A scan of the signed certificate can be sent to the registrar directly.
- The green certificate for burial or cremation will be transmitted electronically to the Funeral Director, crematorium or cemetery office.
Please only book an appointment online once the GP or Hospital have confirmed that we have the necessary paperwork.
The registrar will you call at your scheduled appointment time.
Deaths in Lambeth
If the death took place in the London Borough of Lambeth it has to be registered at Lambeth Register Office. Telephone appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.
You are legally required to register a death within five days. The death must be registered at the register office in the borough where the death took place.
If there is an investigation into the death, with the Coroner involved, the death may be registered outside of the five days. If the investigation leads to an inquest then the registration will take place once the inquest has been held. The Coroner will contact the family to let them know when they are able to obtain death certificates from the register office.
Deaths outside of Lambeth
If the death took place outside of the London Borough ofLambeth, a declaration can be completed and sent to the register office for that area. You will not be issued with a death certificate or burial or cremation certificate at the declaration. Your documents will be posted to you after the registration has been completed by that office. Please contact the receiving office to ask how payments can be made for certificates.
Who can register a death
Qualified informants can register a death. A qualified informant can be:
- A relative
- A person who was present at the death
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred. The informant must either be the Senior Resident Officer or Matron of the establishment where the death occurred
- The person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director). A person arranging the funeral should only register a death if there are no relatives available
- If the informant does not speak or understand English, they need to bring someone who can translate for them.
- The Funeral Director (under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020).
Changes to funerals in Lambeth
New government rules also apply to funeral services. You can read more about these changes on the bereavement services page.