All deaths should be registered within five days unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death.
All deaths must be registered with the Registrar of Births and Deaths in the area where the death occurred. If the death occurred in Central Bedfordshire or Bedford Borough, but you live elsewhere, you can register the death by making a declaration to any Registrar of Births and Deaths in England or Wales. They will forward the details of the death and any certificate fee to the correct registration district, who will record the event and issue a certificate by post.
A death can be registered by:
a relative of the deceased
a person present at the death
the occupier of the house or institution where the death took place (if there is not anyone more qualified to register)
the person who is arranging the funeral (that is, the person instructing the funeral director)
The medical certificate issued by the doctor or hospital must be brought to the appointment.
When attending to register you will be asked questions regarding names, dates, addresses and places which will feed into the register entry.
To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded it would be useful if you could bring supporting documentation with you (for example passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates). Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still proceed to register the death.
Examples of acceptable documents relating to the deceased:
- their birth certificate
- passport (if applicable)
- NHS medical card
- proof of address (for example a utility bill)
- all marriage/civil partnership certificates (if applicable)
- deed poll (if applicable)
If you are having a Tell Us Once appointment you will also need to bring:
- the deceased's National Insurance number
- their passport
- their driving licence - both parts (if applicable)
- a list of benefits/services received by the deceased
Supporting documents relating to the informant:
We will also need the informant's name and address. Please provide the following documents:
- your passport
- your driving licence
- proof of your address, for example utility bill
Questions you will be asked:
- when and where did the death occur?
- the name and address of the deceased person?
- if the deceased was a woman who has been married, her maiden name?
- the deceased's date and place of birth?
- their occupation?
- if the deceased was married or widowed, the full name and occupation of the spouse?
- if married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse?
- if the deceased was in a civil partnership, the name, date of birth and occupation of the partner?
The Registrar will give you:
a green form to be given to the funeral director if the coroner has not already issued a cremation form
a white BD8 form to be completed and sent by you, with any benefit or pension details to the Department of Work and Pensions.
The white and green forms are issued free of charge.
A death certificate costs £4 on the day of registration, £7 whilst the Registrar holds the register and then £10 if you purchase after the register has been closed. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or postal order made payable to Central Bedfordshire Council.
A stillbirth must be registered in any of the offices within the district where the event took place normally within 42 days.
For further information contact the Superintendent Registrar on 0300 300 8089 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can either book online or you can call us on 0300 300 8089.
You may bring a friend or relative with you, please do not worry about the registration, if you are upset the registrar will understand and give you the time you need.
The Registration Services for both Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough are a shared service hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council. You can therefore book an appointment at any of the offices in either of these districts. Please note that some offices are not open every day of the week .
20 Brickhill Drive
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
The Court House
Monday from 10am to 4pm
Wednesday from 9.30am to 3pm
Friday from 9.30am to 4pm
Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays
142 London Road
Monday from 9am to 4pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 2pm
Friday from 9am to midday
76 High Street North
Monday from 10.30am to 2pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30am to 4pm
Friday from 10.30am to 2pm
Leighton Buzzard Office
Monday and Wednesday from 11.30am to 3pm
Friday from 10am to 1pm
Closed Tuesday and Thursday