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Register a death

When someone dies, their death must be registered with the local registrar.

The doctor who treated the person during their last illness will usually issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. This will be given to you by the GP or by the Patients Affairs Officer if the death occurred in hospital. You must take this certificate to the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the district where the person died.

In some circumstances the death may be reported to the Coroner. In such cases, registration of the death may be delayed.

If you have any queries please contact either the:

You may contact the General Register Office for England and Wales by email at registering.deaths@ons.gov.uk.

Where to register

The death should be registered within five days of the date of the death and must be registered at the Register Office in the district in which it took place.

Hillingdon's Register Office is located within the Civic Centre and you should contact us to make an appointment.

Make an appointment

Information required

The registrar will need the following information about the person who has died:

  • the date of their death
  • where the death occurred
  • their full name (including any other names they may have been known by)
  • their date of birth
  • where they were born
  • their occupation
  • their address
  • the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor/hospital
  • your name and address
  • additional information, in the case of a:
    • married man or widower, the registrar will also record the wife's full name and occupation
    • married woman or widow the registrar will also record the maiden surname and the husband's full name and occupation
    • civil partner or surviving civil partner, the registrar will also record the partner's full name and occupation

You will also find it useful to take the following with you:

  • the deceased's birth certificate
  • the NHS Medical Card for the person who has died
  • if available, information on pension or allowance received by the deceased
  • if available, the passport of the deceased, birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce document and evidence regarding the informant such as name, address and evidence of the relationship

Documents

  • Following the registration you will be given a Certificate for Burial or Cremation. You should give this to the funeral director who will be arranging the burial or cremation.
  • If the death has been reported to the Coroner, the registrar may tell you that a cremation or burial certificate has already been issued. If this is the case, you will not need a green form.
  • The registrar will also give you a certificate (form BD8) which is used for social security purposes. You should complete it and send to your Jobcentre, Jobcentre Plus or Social Security office.

Charges

There is no charge for registering a death. A copy of a death certificate on the day of registration are £4 each and you can request as many as you need (cash or debit/credit cards are accepted). 

Additional Registration Service Fees (payable from 1 November 2017)

  • Consideration of a correction of a register entry by the Superintendent is £75
  • Consideration of a correction of a register entry by the General Register Office for England & Wales is £90

However, after the day of registration you may need  copy death certificates for banks, building societies and insurance companies.

Tell us once

Once you have registered the death you can use our Tell Us Once service to notify other agencies/departments of the death.

 

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