Registering A Death

You must register a death, within five working-days of the death occurring, with the Register Office. (Although there are exceptions to this).

This process cannot be completed by the funeral service although it has been made as easy as it can be and the necessary paperwork is often posted or e-mailed.

You will need to contact the Register office once the paperwork has been issued, to make an appointment to register a death. The appointments need to be in person.

The information that they will need

The medical certificate of the cause of death from a doctor or the certificate from the coroner (if referred)  will usually be supplied electronically directly to the Register Office.

You’ll need to provide the following information about the person who has died:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name and surname together plus any other names they’ve been known by (for example a maiden name)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Marital status and the full names and last occupation of their spouse
  • National health number (from their GP)
  • Pension details and if they received a government pension

Who can register a death

The following people can register a death:

  • A relative
  • A person that was present at the death
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred (if he/she was aware of the death)
  • The person arranging the funeral with the funeral director

Documents you’ll get

  • A death certificate (for a fee) – evidence for obtaining probate, pensions claims, insurance policies, savings certificates and premium bonds
  • A certificate for burial or cremation (the green form) unless the coroner has issued an order for burial (form 101) or a certificate for cremation (form E) – gives permission for the burial or for an application for cremation to be made, it should be taken to the funeral director so that the funeral can be held
  • A certificate of registration of death (form BD8) – for social security purposes.


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