You should usually register the death of your loved one within 5 days if the person died in England, Wales or Northern Ireland (8 days in Scotland) at your local Registrar of Births Marriages and Deaths unless the coroner or procurator fiscal is involved.

 

If you cannot register within this time period, phone the registrar to explain the reason for the delay.       

REGISTRATION OF DEATH
YOU CAN FIND YOUR LOCAL REGISTER OFFICE BY CLICKING THE LINK

You can also call one of our bereavement specialists on 0800 0246 121 for help.

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England & Wales

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Northern Ireland

Registration of a death takes at least half an hour. In many places you have to make an appointment to register. If you need to have an immediate funeral for faith or other reasons please explain this when you call the Registrar to make the appointment. They will understand the urgency of your request.

In most cases it should be a relative that registers the death, however there are circumstances others can do this, please consult with the registrar when you make your appointment. 

If you have been given the medical certificate stating the cause of death, you must take this to the registration appointment. If the coroner (or procurator fiscal) has been involved, you will be given information by their staff about when and how the death can be registered. You will need to know when and where the person who has died was born, if they have been married and to whom, their occupation (and husband/wife/civil partner’s occupation if applicable) and their most recent address. Take relevant documents if you have them but they are not essential. You may be asked for proof of your own identity.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland the forms may be slightly different from those listed below – the registrar will advise you.

CERTIFICATE FOR BURIAL OR CREMATION

You will receive a certificate for Burial or Cremation, commonly referred to as "the green form".

 

This is the legal permission for burial or cremation, but cemeteries and crematoria have additional forms to be completed – usually supplied by your funeral director if you are using one.

 

The green form is replaced by a document from the coroner if there will be an inquest or if the funeral will be a cremation following a coroner’s post-mortem examination.

CERTIFIED COPIES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE

More commonly referred to as “Death Certificates” the Certified Copy of Death Entry documents are required by banks and other organisations when they ask to see an original death certificate.

 

The Certified Copy of a Death Entry is what is meant by banks and other organisations when they ask to see an ‘original’ death certificate. Most will take their own photocopy and return the ‘original’ to you. This takes time, so purchase several copies unless the estate (everything the person has left in terms of belongings, property, money) is extremely simple. This will allow you to deal with several organisations concurrently, especially if you are having to use postal services.  Registering the death is free, but you do have to pay for death certificates. The price per copy is usually between  £8.00 and £12.00 in England and Wales, £8.00 in Northern Ireland and between £12 and £30 in Scotland if purchased at the time of registration.  It may be considerably more if you have to buy extra copies at a later date.

 

 If there is an inquest, the death is not registered until after the inquest, therefore the coroner will issue you with an Interim Certificate which you can use instead of certified copies.

NOTIFYING THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS (DWP)

Form BD8 Registration or Notification of Death (form 3344SI in Scotland, form 36/BD8 in Northern Ireland) should be completed if the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or any other benefits. 

The death can be notified to the Pensions Service via telephone.  In this instance, it may not be necessary for the BD8 form to be posted.

TELL US ONCE SERVICE

Some registrars offer the Tell Us Once service, which means they will notify the DWP and other central and local government agencies of the death e.g. DVLA, the Passport Agency, Housing Office, Blue Badge scheme. If Tell Us once is offered you will probably not need to complete form BD8. If it is not offered you will need to complete this form and the registrar may provide an envelope with the form inside.

We advise phoning the DWP to notify them of the death as soon as you can – do not wait to get this form. This means all benefit/pension payments to the person who died will be stopped. If payments go through between the death and when notification occurs, these payments will have to be refunded to the DWP.

 

If the coroner is involved, you can still obtain this form from the registrar, even if the death cannot be registered yet.

 
WHAT IF THE DEATH OCCURS ABROAD?
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