When someone dies the doctor who was treating the deceased will issue a medical certificate of cause of death. This certificate must be delivered to the register office by the person registering the death.
If the death is referred to the coroner by the hospital or doctor, the coroner’s officer will advise you what to do. You may have to wait before being able to register.
You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill) and the deceased's name and address, but you can still register a death without them. The registrar will use these documents to improve the quality of the information recorded in the registration.
The registration officer will speak to you in private. You will be asked some questions about the person who has died so that the details can be recorded in the register.
You will need to know:
- the date and place of death
- the forename(s) and surname of the deceased plus any previous names that the person was or had been known by
- the maiden name (if the deceased was a woman who had married or formed a legal civil partnership)
- the date and place of birth
- the occupation or previous occupation if no longer working
- the name and occupation of their husband, wife or legal civil partner
- the deceased usual address.
Other information will also be asked but will not be recorded in the register:
- whether the deceased had a pension from any public fund
- if the deceased was married or in a legal civil partnership, the date of birth of the widow, widower or surviving civil partner
- the type of industry the deceased had worked in and if they worked as a supervisor.
It is very important that the information recorded in the register is correct. Please check the entry carefully before signing - once you have signed, any mistakes can only be corrected if you pay a statutory fee (as of 1 November 2017).
If you do discover an error please contact us.