Registering a Death

In most cases registering a death will take place before the funeral, and is carried out by a relative. If no relative is available then the registration can be conducted by someone present at the death, by the occupier of the premises the death took place or by the person accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral.  It may be necessary to arrange an appointment with the Registrar.

The Registrar will need the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name
  • Home address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • If they were in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If applicable, the date of birth of the surviving spouse.

The Registrar will need the following documents:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • Deceased’s NHS medical card (if applicable)
  • Deceased’s Birth Certificate
  • Deceased’s Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

The Registrar will issue a green certificate for burial or cremation which is required prior to the funeral.

More information can be found on the government website www.gov.uk/register-a-death