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Office of Births, Deaths & Marriages

You must register the death at a local office of Births, Deaths & Marriages within 5 days following the death unless a Coroner is involved.

Where to register

The death must be registered in the district in which it occurred.

Who can register 

It is usual for a relative to register a death but if there are no relatives it is possible for someone else to register, such as:

  • A person present at the death
  • The person responsible for arranging and paying for the funeral.

How it works

Your private appointment will generally last for 45 minutes. It is useful to bring the deceased’s birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) and NHS medical card.

The Registrar will ask for:

  • The date and place of death.
  • Full name of the deceased, including maiden name where applicable.
  • The deceased’s date and place of birth.
  • The deceased’s occupation, if applicable.
  • If the deceased was married/widowed, the full name(s), occupation and date of birth of their spouse.
  • The deceased’s usual address.
  • Information on whether the deceased had been receiving benefits from public funds.

Certificates

At your appointment, two forms will be issued:

  • Certificate for burial or cremation, sometimes called the green form. This is the certificate to take to the funeral director so that arrangements can be made for the funeral to take place
  • Certificate of registration of death, sometimes called form BD8, for Department of Work and Pensions purposes.

You will be able to purchase certified copies of the death certificate at £4 per certificate. These are needed for the following:

  • Probate or letters of administration.
  • Bank and Building Society accounts.
  • Life insurance policies covering the deceased.
  • Dealing with stocks and shares owned by the deceased.
  • Applying for a tax rebate.

After the registration you can order more death certificates at a cost of £7 per certificate or £10 if the register has been archived.

Tell Us Once Service

When someone has died there are lots of things that need to be done at a time when you least feel like doing them. At your appointment to register the death, the registrar will offer your the Tell Us Once Service which helps you notify government departments and local council services of the death. This is a free service.

To make sure the right information is given to the people they contact for you bring:

  • Details of any benefits or services the deceased was receiving.
  • Their driving licence and passport and, if applicable, Blue Badge.
  • The National Insurance number of the deceased and their spouse would be useful but is not essential.

The organisations that can be contacted include, the Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs, Identity & Passport Service and Local Authority services such as Council Tax, Adult Social Care and Housing Benefit.

Corrections after Registration

After the death has been registered if you need to make any corrections to the registration, please refer to the Gov.uk website for information on correcting a death registration.

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