Deaths must be registered within five days, unless they have been referred to a coroner.

Because of coronavirus we have suspended all services except death registration and ordering copy certificates. Read more information about these changes.

Death and still-birth registrations can only be completed by telephone because of coronavirus restrictions. You need the following information to book your appointment:

  • full legal name (including middle names)
  • have they been known by any other names (include name changes and/or maiden name)
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • were they retired when they died?
  • occupation of the deceased/what was their occupation before they retired?
  • their usual address
  • marital status of the deceased
  • name of spouse
  • occupation of spouse
  • address of spouse
  • informant's name
  • informant's address
  • relationship to the deceased

Do it by phone

What you need to know...

It would be useful for you to bring:

  • the deceased's passport or birth certificate
  • the deceased's marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • the deceased's medical card
  • a document with the deceased's usual address

You are not legally required to bring these documents, but they can help ensure the registration is completed accurately.

The registrar needs to know:

  • the date and place of the death
  • the deceased's first and last name (and the maiden last name, if the deceased was a woman who had married or formed a civil partnership)
  • the deceased's date and place of birth (state their town and county if they were born in the UK, only state their country if they were born abroad)
  • the deceased's occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner (if applicable)
  • the deceased's last address
  • whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds
  • the date of birth of the surviving partner (if applicable)

The registrar will:

  • give you a certificate for burial or cremation (known as the green form), unless the coroner has already issued an order for burial or a certificate for cremation
  • register you onto the Tell Us Once service, enabling you to inform multiple local and central government departments of the death in one contact
  • give you a certificate of registration of death (BD8) for social security purposes

Costs for this service

There is no charge for the death registration or the Tell Us Once service.

Certificates

Death certificates cost £11 each. You can order multiple copies of the certificate on the registration appointment booking form.

Buying multiple certificates allows you to communicate with many organisations at the same time, without having to wait for your documents to be returned to you. You might want to consider purchasing several certificates, as you may need to provide one to:

  • insurance companies
  • banks and building societies
  • investment firms
  • pensions administrators
  • will executors or estate administrators
  • solicitors
  • utility companies
  • local authorities

You cannot order extra certificates during your registration appointment telephone call, but you can order certificates at any time after.