How to Register a Death
Registering the death will take about 30 minutes – And you will need to make an appointment to do so.
Who should register the death
A relative should register the death.
If a relative can’t register the death, you can do it if you:
- were there at the time of death
- are an administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
- are in charge of making funeral arrangements
What you need to do
Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.
If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:
- birth certificate
- Council Tax bill
- driving licence
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
- proof of address (eg utility bill)
You’ll need to tell the registrar:
- the person’s full name at the time of death
- any names previously used, eg maiden name
- the person’s date and place of birth
- their last address
- their occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
- whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits
You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.
Documents you’ll get
When you register a death you’ll get:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) - gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
- a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)
You can buy extra death certificates - these will be needed for sorting out the person’s affairs.
Richard Bird Funeral Services, 57 Great North Road, Gosforth, NE3 2DQ
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