How do I register the death?
All deaths have to be registered by the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
Unless the Coroner is involved, registration should take place within 5 days. We will let you know which registrar you need to visit and if necessary, make an appointment for you. If you have any difficulties with transport or you would prefer not to go alone, please let us know and we can take you in our courtesy car.
The Registrar will ask you for certain information and it may be helpful for you to jot this down before you go:
– the deceased’s date of birth and place of birth
– their full name
– their occupation or former occupation
– if applicable, their maiden name
– the name and date of birth of a surviving spouse
The registrar will give you a form for you to send to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) with any pension or allowance books. You may also be given a green certificate that you will need to pass to us to enable the funeral to proceed.
You will be given the opportunity to purchase copies of the Death certificate for a small charge and we do advise that you do this, as you will need copies for banks, insurance companies etc.
When the Coroner is involved
The Coroner is responsible for the investigation of violent, unnatural or sudden deaths, deaths of unknown cause and deaths in custody that are reported to him.
If a death has been reported to The Coroner, there may be a post mortem or inquest. In this case there will be no Medical Certificate of cause of death and you won’t be able to register the death until the Coroner gives permission to proceed. The time that this takes can vary and you may have to delay your plans for the funeral. Under these circumstances we will be keep you informed at every stage of the proceedings and can advise on any possible delays.