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Register a Death

A death should normally be registered within five days of the date of death

 

A death should normally be registered within five days of the date of death. However, there may be exceptions to this such as when the Coroner is involved. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it cannot be registered until the registrar has received authority from the Coroner to proceed with the registration.

 

The primary responsibility for registering a death rests with a nearest relative of the deceased person. If no relative is available to register the death, please contact your local Register Office for advice.

 

We suggest that you read through the following information before making your online appointment.

Tell Us Once

The Tell Us Once service allows you to notify us of a death, we will then notify government departments and local council services on your behalf.

 

Tell Us Once

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Book an Appointment

The registration will require a personal visit to a Register Office. You can either book an appointment online or by phone:

 

Book Online

 

If you would like to register the death bilingually in Welsh and English, please contact the Registrar's office:

  • 01446 709166 / 01446 709167

 

Please Note: For security reasons, this system will time-out after 20 minutes. Please complete your booking within that time or the information you have entered will be lost, and you will have to start again.

You will need to take the following to register a death:

  • The deceased’s Medical Card, if possible
  • The Medical Certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor or hospital*

 

* If the doctor referred the death to the Coroner for any reason then the registrar will have to have received the paperwork form the coroner before proceeding with the registration.

The registrar will ask you for the following information:

  • About the Deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Forename(s) and surname of the deceased
  • Maiden name, if the deceased had been married
  • Date and place of their birth (town and county or foreign country)
  • Occupation
  • Forename(s), surname and occupation of spouse, where the deceased was married or widowed or,
  • Forename(s), surname and occupation of civil partner, where the deceased was in a civil partnership or was a surviving civil partner
  • Usual home address including their postcode
  • If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of the surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or benefits from public fund
  • About the person (informant) registering the Death
  • Informant’s forename(s) and surname
  • Their current address
  • Informant’s relationship to the deceased

 

Warning: Any person who knowingly and wilfully gives false information to a registrar for insertion in a Death Register, or make a false declaration for the purposes of the registration of a Death is liable to prosecution for perjury.

 

Documents and Forms

Once the registration has been completed, in most cases, you will be issued with the following documents:

 

A Green Form (9W) – a certificate for burial or cremation which is normally passed to the funeral director, who cannot proceed with the funeral without it. In cases where a death has been reported to the coroner, the coroner will usually issue a certificate for cremation direct to the funeral directors so that the funeral can go ahead as soon as possible.

 

A White Form (BD8) – a certificate of registration of death which requires completion and return to the Department of Work and Pension (DWP). The form allows the DWP to sort out what happens to any benefits and/or state pensions.

 

Leaflets - Bereavement information and advice leaflets

 

The above paperwork is the only paperwork issued free of charge.

Death Certificate

After registering the death, you will be given the opportunity to purchase one or more death certificates. The certificates may be required for a range of administrative purposes (for example, banking and insurance).

 

The certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the death register.

 

If you go to a Register Office other than the one where the death took place the required certificates may be ordered at the time of the declaration and will be sent to you by post.

Charges

  • Death Certificate at the time of registration: £4.00
  • Death Certificate the following day: £7.00
  • Death Certificate once the register with the entry is deposited with the Superintendent Registrar: £10.00*

* Approximately one month after the registration but please ring to confirm). We can accept payment by cash, cheque, postal order and debit/credit card (card payment by phone only).

 

Please make cheques payable to: 'The Superintendent Registrar'

 

Certificate fees are set by statute and reviewed annually.

 

  •  Where do I go?

    When someone dies in England or Wales the death needs to be registered at the Register Office in the District in which the death occurred. All necessary paperwork including death certificates will be issued at the time of registration.

     

    You can go to a different office if it is more convenient and complete the relevant paperwork in the form of a ‘declaration’. The declaration will then be forwarded to the registrar in the district where the death occurred, where it will be registered. The necessary paperwork and death certificates requested will be issued by post. Doing things this way may mean a slight delay to the funeral, since it is not possible for a burial or cremation to take place until after the registrar has issued the necessary paperwork.

     

    Register Office opening hours vary from one district to another and most operate an appointment system. You should allow about 30 minutes to complete the registration process.

  •  What if I make a mistake in the register entry?
    The register is a Legal Document. It is therefore important the information recorded in the register is correct. If any mistakes are made it will put you to some inconvenience to have the mistake corrected. You should therefore, check the information recorded in the register very carefully before you sign. If at any time you discover an error has been made in an entry, you should contact us as soon as possible.
  •  What is a certified copy?
    A certified copy (Birth, Death, Stillbirth or Marriage Certificate) is an exact copy of a register entry. Certified copies are issued by the registrar and should be used for all legal and evidential purposes. These certificates are printed on water marked paper and are subject to Crown Copyright. Certificate fees are set by Statute and reviewed annually.
  • Can I register the death bi-lingually?
    If you would like to have the death registered in both English and Welsh, please discuss this with the customer service operator when you telephone to book an appointment. Please note bi-lingual registrations are not available in England.
  •  What do I do if I don't speak English very well

    If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you with the registration, please ask a relative or friend to accompany you to the Register Office.

    Please remember you must register the death personally. You cannot ask a relative or friend to attend instead of you.

  • What should I do, if I require special assistance?
    If you require any assistance when registering, then please discuss your needs with the registrar when you make an appointment.
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