Register a death

Register a death in Central Bedfordshire

When you need to register a death

You must register a death within 5 days (including weekends), unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances.

How to register a death

Please book an appointment and a registrar will call you at your appointment time. Deaths are currently registered via telephone, due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Book appointment to register a death

Please don't come into our offices and help us to help you during this difficult time.

If you live outside Central Bedfordshire

If the death occurred in Central Bedfordshire, but you live elsewhere, you can register the death by making a declaration to any Registrar of Births and Deaths in England or Wales. The details will be forwarded to us and we'll record the death. Once it's registered with us, you can apply to us for the death certificate.

Who can register a death?

A relative must register the death (unless the deceased has no relatives). This means a person related to the deceased by blood, marriage, civil partnership or by legal adoption.

If there are no relatives

You can only register if one of the following applies to you:

  • you were there at the time of death
  • you are an administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital) or you live at the place where the person died
  • you are in charge of making funeral arrangements