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

You can register the death once you have the 'Medical Certificate of Death' from the hospital or doctor. If the death is referred to the coroner's office the registration can only happen once the coroner has given permission.

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What you need to know...

If the individual died in Lambeth, you should register the death with us. If it is inconvenient for you to attend this office to register the death. Then you may go to any Register Office in England or Wales to make a declaration. The Registrar will record the information and post it to us. We will then post the death certificate to you.

For information about registering a death, and what you need to know about the registration process please read our guide

Death Certificates

After registering the death of someone, we understand there will be lots of important affairs to deal with such as the many instances where you will be asked to provide a death certificate.

Extra certificates will be more expensive to purchase at a later stage and photocopies may not be accepted so we recommend buying a minimum of 5. Save time and money by purchasing certificates for £4 each at the time of registration. After this time they will increase by 60% to £10.

There will be a number of different reasons you may need certificates which may include:

  • Making funeral arrangements
  • Applying for probate
  • Settling property
  • If no will is left, applying to the family court
  • Life assurance
  • Closing bank accounts
  • Applying for survivors pensions
  • Claiming dependent benefits
  • Requesting for a bereavement payment
  • Family tree records
  • If you decide to get married again