Registering a death

How to register a death

All deaths have to be registered by the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, in the county where the death has occurred.

Unless the Coroner is involved, registration should take place within five days. Rosedale Funeral Home will guide you through the process.  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 may be able to arrange a 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 need to see the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death in order to register the death.  They will also provide a form for you to send to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) with any pension or allowance books and will give you information about the ‘Tell Us Once‘ scheme that enables you to cancel other documents such as a driving licence, blue badge for disabled parking or passport. You may also be given a green certificate that you will need to pass to us to enable the burial or cremation to proceed. For more information on the ‘Tell Us Once’ Scheme, click here.

You will be given the opportunity to purchase copies of the entry in the register, more commonly referred to as 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.

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, Rosedale will keep you informed at every stage of the proceedings and can advise on any possible delays.

An appointment can be made with any Norfolk or Suffolk Registrar by contacting the central booking line on 0344 800 8020 or via the online booking system at www.norfolk.gov.uk/registrationservices or www.suffolk.gov.uk/births-deaths-and-ceremonies/how-to-register-a-death.

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