All deaths must be registered within five days of the person passing away or within five days of you receiving the medical cause of death certificate.

Registrars require you to make an appointment by telephone or some offer an online appointment system, unless the Coroner has been involved.

The Medical Certificate


The medical certificate shows the cause of death and is normally issued by the Doctor who attended the deceased during their time with the surgery and is qualified to state the true cause of death. A Medical Examiner and their team, will scrutinise the cause of death and liaise with you to ensure that you are understanding and in agreement with the details noted. The Medical Cause of Death Certificate is then emailed directly to the relevant Registrars’ Office and you will be advised when you can make an appointment at the Registrars.


Once the Medical Certificate is obtained


The death must be registered by the Registrar for Births and Deaths covering the area in which the death occurred. The death is usually registered by an executor or family member but can be registered by the person present at the time of death; if you are unsure if you have the authority to register the death we will be able to advise you. All Registrars require you to make appointment.

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When you attend the Registrars you will need to take the following with you, if available but do not worry if not:


  • The Medical Certificate
  • The Deceased’s NHS Medical Card
  • Marriage Certificate or Civil Partnership Certificate
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • Council Tax Bill


The registration procedure is a simple interview with the Registrar who will require the following information:


  • The date and place of death
  • The deceased’s full name (including any names previously used ie. Maiden surname)
  • The deceased’s last home address
  • The Marital status of the deceased
  • The occupation of the deceased
  • The full name, occupation and date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or any state benefits


Once the death has been registered the Registrar will then issue you with:


  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the ‘green form’), giving permission for the deceased to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made.
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8); issued for social security purposes if the deceased received a State pension or benefits (read the information on the back and complete and return it if it applies).


You will be able to buy one or more Death Certificates at this time. These may be required by the executor or administrator when sorting out the deceased person’s affairs. Death Certificates are currently £12.50 each and you are advised to get an extra copy or copies. They are required by the executor or administrator when sorting out the deceased person’s affairs.