Register a death

Book appointment to register a death

You must register a death within 5 days, unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death. 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.

You can either book an appointment to register a death online (link opens in new window) or call 0300 300 8089.

Please note that some offices are not open every day of the week.

Who can register a death?

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)
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