Register a death
A death should normally be registered within 5 calendar days (including weekends and bank holidays).
Who can register a death
You can register a death if you:
- are a relative of the deceased, or
- were present at the death, or
- live in the house where the person died, or
- are an administrator from the hospital where the person died, or
- are arranging the funeral with the funeral director
How to register a death
Book an appointment
To complete a death registration you must attend one of our registration offices.
What you need to know before the appointment
The attending GP will normally send the medical certificate of cause of death directly to us. However, if you’ve received the medical certificate of cause of death, please ensure you bring this document to the appointment in the sealed envelope provided.
Please note: we cannot complete the registration without access to the death certificate.
During the appointment
If you are registering the death, you must be able to provide us with correct personal information about the deceased.
The accuracy of the registration can be improved by having some extra identification documents with you, if they’re readily available, for example:
- birth certificate
- marriage/civil partnership certificate
- driving licence
Deaths reported to the coroner
Some deaths have to be reported to the coroner before:
- the death can be registered at the registration office
- the document allowing the funeral to go ahead can be issued
Tell Us Once service
Tell Us Once is a government service that will help you with your recent bereavement.
It allows you to inform all relevant central and local government departments (DVLA, Passport Services, HMRC etc) about the person who has died by phone or online.
Find out more about Tell Us Once.
Things to consider
Important extra details to consider may include:
- changing or cancelling the Direct Debit or payment arrangements for Council Tax, Garden Waste Collection or social care contributions, if applicable
- applying for Single Person Occupancy Discount if only one adult person remains living at the property
- checking if you or any dependents become eligible for state or Council benefits or making changes to benefits.
- GOV.UK - Deaths and bereavement
- GOV.UK - Wills, probate and inheritance
- Coroners Society of England and Wales
Last updated 04 January 2024