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Registering A Death

Registering A Death


You are legally required to register a death. You need to register a death to obtain documents so the funeral director can proceed with the arrangements and to handle the legalities of a deceased's estate.


The following people, in order of preference, are legally required to register the death:

  • a relative
  • a person present at death
  • the occupier of the premises where the death occured (if he/she was aware of the death)
  • the person arranging the funeral (this does not relate to the funeral director)


When registering a death, you must take the following documents:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by the deceased's doctor) OR
  • HM Coroner's Certificate to enable registration


The following documents should also be taken, if available:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • NHS Medical Card
  • National Insurance Number


Information you'll need to tell the registrar:

  • the person's full name at time of death
  • any names previously used, including maiden surname
  • the person's date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
  • their last address
  • their current/last occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • if they were getting a state pension or any other state benefit
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