You should register the death within 5 days. (Please note though, that where a coroner is investigating the death this is not always possible and the registrars service accepts this may cause a delay.)

Most people tend to register the death in area where the person died. This means that you’ll be given the documents on you’ll need on the day.

You can register a death in another area but the paperwork won’t be ready on the same day and will take longer. If you chose this option the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person died before then being issued to use. This usually adds on a few days and is what causes the delay.

Who can register the death?

  • a relative

  • someone present at the death

  • an administrator from the hospital

  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors


What you will need to take

Take the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD).

The deceased’s following are helpful to take too:

  • birth certificate

  • Council Tax bill

  • marriage or civil partnership certificate

  • driving licence

  • NHS medical certificate

  • passport

  • proof of address (a utility bill for example)

  • whilst not essential, we would advise you to take your proof of identity and address (a utility bill for example)


What the registrar will need to know

  • the person’s full name at the time of death

  • any names previously used (maiden name for example)

  • the person’s date and place of birth

  • their last address

  • their occupation

  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner

  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits