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Registering the death

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Registering the death

A death must be registered in the district in which it occurred and should take place within 5 days of the date of death although the deadline can be extended for another 9 days.

Before you make an appointment with the Register Office, and if you don’t already have them, you should pick up the medical certificate and ‘green form’ from the GP or the hospital staff. You will need to give the medical certificate to the Register Office and take the ‘green form’ to the funeral director to start to make the funeral arrangements.

When you attend your Register Office appointment, as well as the medical certificate, you will need to provide the following information:

  • The full name of your loved one and any other names used by them
  • Their name before they were married if this was different
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their occupation and if they were married, widowed or in a civil partnership
  • The full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner
  • Their usual address and postcode
  • The date of birth of any surviving spouse or civil partner (if applicable)
  • The birth and marriage certificates of your loved one if you have them
  • Whether your loved one was receiving a state pension or other social security benefits

When registering the death, you will have the option to buy copies of the death certificate. The price of each copy can vary. However, they should be below £10. The copies will be required when dealing with your loved one’s estate. The price for copies may be higher at a later stage, so it is wise to obtain copies at this stage.

The death should be registered by one of the following (in order of priority): 

  • A relative who was present at the death
  • A relative who was present during your loved one’s last illness
  • A relative living in the district where the death took place
  • Anyone else present at the death