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Registering a Death

Making an appointment

You should register the death within 5 days. Unless the coroner has requested a post mortem or an inquest. They will tell you when the death can be registered.

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You can book an appointment to register a death by telephone during COVID-19.  Please use the form below to request a telephone appointment.

Request a telephone appointment

Or telephone the Customer Services Team on 0300 1234 181 between the hours of 8:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.

Once we have received your request we will get the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and/or other necessary paperwork. We will then contact you to confirm arrangements for your appointment.   You should allow approximately 30 minutes for the telephone appointment.

A relative should register the death. If a relative can't register the death, you can do it if you:

  • were there at the time of death
  • are a senior administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
  • are the manager of the carehome where the person died
  • are the occupier of the building where the person died
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements
  • the funeral director if they are instructed to do so by the family.

Before the telephone appointment please gather the information that is required during the registration. The information required is shown below.

Details required

Guidance notes

Date of death  
Place of death

This will be the name of the hospital or nursing home, the name or number of the house, the name of the street and village town etc.

If the death took place in an ambulance, car etc then you need to provide information about the locality of the vehicle when the death occurred.  As well as its intended destination

Name and surname

This should be the name they were known as at the time of his or her death.

You should also establish if they are known by any other name currently or previously.  You need to record those details together with some notes as to the circumstances.  This will help the registrar ascertain how to record the information in the entry.

Sex Male or female
Maiden surname of woman who has married This is the surname in which a woman contracted her (first) marriage.
Date of birth Please provide approximate dates if exact date not known.
Place of birth Town and county/London borough or country of birth and only country if born outside UK.

Provide as much information as possible relating to the most recent occupation.

Please also record whether the deceased was retired.

Deceased's spouse or civil partner Provide full name, occupation and date of birth of the deceased's spouse or civil partner.

Usual address

This should include the name or number of the house, name of the street and village or town.  Where the death occurred in a hospital the deceased’s usual address should be recorded.


After the death has been registered, the Registrar will issue:

A Certificate for Burial or Cremation

This is often known as the 'Green Form' and is provided free of charge.  We will send this directly to the crematorium, burial authority or to your funeral director.  This form is needed before the burial or cremation can take place.  In some circumstances this is issued by the Coroner.

Standard Death Certificates

Death certificates cost £11 each and are issued after the registration.  They can usually be paid for during your appointment. Alternatively you can order them online using the form below. Or phone the Customer Services team on 0300 1234 181 between the hours of 8.30am - 6.00pm Monday - Friday.

Order a copy certificate