When someone dies, their death must be registered within five working days.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, deaths can only be registered via telephone.
At the time of your appointment, the registrar will ring you and undertake the registration over the telephone.
There will be no requirement for relatives to collect the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the hospital, care home or GP. A scan of the signed certificate can be sent to the Registrar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The green certificate for burial or cremation will be sent directly to the Funeral Director, crematorium or cemetary office.
Please contact the Register Office on 01895 250418 to ensure we have received the Medical Cause of Death Certificate before booking your telephone appointment.
If a doctor is unsure about the cause of death, or the death was caused by an injury or accident, they may not issue a medical certificate detailing the cause of death. In these cases, a coroner will carry out a post mortem. You will be unable to register the death until this has taken place.
What information is required
At the appointment, you will be asked for your name and address.
The registrar will need the following information about the person who has died:
the date of their death and where the death occurred
their full name, including any names previously used
their date of birth
where they were born
the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor or hospital
the full name and occupation of any surviving spouse or civil partner
What documents are needed
You will need to take the medical certificate showing the cause of death to the appointment.
It would also be useful to take the deceased person's:
birth certificate or passport
NHS medical card
marriage/civil partnership certificate or divorce document
information or allowance received
Documents you will receive
a certificate for burial or cremation, which should be given to the funeral director arranging the burial or cremation.
a certificate (form BD8) which is used for social security purposes.
a copy of the death certificate, for a fee of £11 each.
Tell Us Once
When someone dies you will need to notify a number of different government departments and local services with a lot of similar information. The Tell Us Once service makes this process much easier.