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How to Register a Death

THE register office in the town in which the death occurred must be notified within five days unless the coroner is involved. This, of course, may not be the deceased’s own town.

It is the registrar who issues the death certificate not a doctor, who only issues a medical certificate. You will need the medical certificate and the deceased’s birth certificate and NHS card. You will be asked for the deceased’s full name, including maiden name, address and occupation, name and date of birth of the deceased’s spouse whether living or not and their occupation.

Several official copies of the death certificate should be requested as banks, building societies, etc, will all want one. Many, but not all, register offices operate a ‘Tell Us Once’ service. This enables local and central government departments to be notified of the death in one hit. This must be done within 28 days.

Contact a funeral director as soon as possible although the actual funeral will not usually go ahead until after the death certificate has been issued. As funeral costs can be reclaimed from the estate, it’s important to keep a record of all expenses and paperwork.