Registering a death

One of the first steps in making funeral arrangements is to register the death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriage. It is better for us to discuss this with you as it can seem quite confusing, however we have put together the following information to help you. 


You may not be able to register a death if the Coroner is involved until they have issued the relevant certificates. Please do not be alarmed if you are contacted by the Coroner’s office, they are there to help you.

Contacting the registrar

It is easier for you to register a death within the county that the death occurred. There are ways to register at a registrar’s office close to you by registering by declaration. If you are concerned with any aspect of registration our team are here to help.

If your loved one passed away in the three counties please click the link below to take you to the relevant registrar’s website.

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Useful information

Who can register a death?

A qualified informant must register a death within five days of it happening. An appointment is necessary.

The people qualified to register a death are:

1. Relative of the deceased present at death

2. Relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness

3. Relative of the deceased residing or being in the same sub district

4. A person present at death

The registrar will require the informant to give them a medical certificate of death, the deceased’s medical card and details concerning the deceased. (a birth certificate and marriage certificate are both helpful but not essential)

Details required

The date and place of death.

Full name of the deceased and maiden name if a married woman

Date and place of birth

Occupation, and if the deceased was a married woman or widow the name and occupation of her husband

Usual address of the deceased

Whether in receipt of any pension or allowance from public funds

If married, date of birth of surviving widow or widower

Name of informant, qualification and usual address

Certificates you will receive (inc the death certificate)

The registrar will issue the informant with:

A green certificate for burial or cremation. The registrar will usually email this directly to ourselves

A white certificate for Department for Work and Pensions purposes (known as B.D.8)

A certified copy of the entry into the register (The death certificate)

A fee has to be paid to the registrar for every copy that is issued, 2021 cost is £11 per copy

Where the coroner has been involved the certificates may differ

Tell Us Once Service

Dependent on your registration district, quite often the registrar may offer a service called ‘Tell Us Once’. It is a very helpful and efficient service, which takes away the need to contact a number of different Government departments, as this is done for you. 

Unnatural or sudden death

In this case it is better to consult with your Funeral Director as soon as possible for guidance, as the coroner will probably be involved and extra time may be needed before the funeral can take place.