Registering the Death

In England and Wales a death must be registered by the Registrar of Births and deaths for the area in which the death occurred. If you are unsure whether or not you have authority to register the death, we will advise you. The death must be registered within five days.

When you go to the Registrar

Things to take with you, if possible

  • The Medical Certificate of the cause of death
  • The deceased’s National Health Medical Card
  • The deceased’s Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (They contain all the information required by the Registrar)

The Registrar requires the following details

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Home address
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Last occupation
  • Date of birth of surviving partner
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds

If the deceased was a married woman

  • Maiden name
  • Husband’s full name (even if deceased)
  • Husband’s last occupation (even if deceased)

From the Informant

  • Full name of Informant
  • Home address

The Registrar will give you

  • A green certificate – which must be handed to the Funeral Director so that the funeral can take place
  • A white certificate – this is for Social security purposes

The Registrar will SELL you copies of the Death Certificate

You may need these for:

  • The Will
  • Any Pension claims
  • Insurance Policies
  • Saving Bank Certificates
  • Premium Bonds