Registering the Death

First Steps

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You probably won’t feel like tackling administration tasks right away, however you do need to register the death within 5 days.


It’s fairly straight forward if you live in the same district where the death took place. You just go to your local office of Registration, Births, Deaths and Marriages. You may need an appointment to see the registrar, so give them a call in advance to arrange a time.


If you live in another district, you can go to your local registrar who will pass the information onto the registrar in the district where the death took place. If you register the death that way, you won’t be able to get the Certified Copies of Entry of Death straight away.


Remember, don’t try to register the death until you’ve collected the death certificate from the doctor’s surgery or hospital.


If the death has been referred to the coroner, the procedure is slightly different; give us a call and we’ll let you know what to do.

Who can Register the Death

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Only certain people can register the death:


- A relative of the deceased who was present at the time of death

- A relative of the deceased who was with them during the last illness

- A relative of the deceased who lives in the same district

- Any person present at the death

- The occupier e.g. Matron or Officer in Charge of a nursing home, rest home or public institution, provided they knew of the illness prior to death

- The person responsible for giving instructions for the funeral e.g. executor, solicitor or similar


You must have the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (this is issued by the doctor who attended the deceased during their last illness).


It’s a good idea to take the deceased’s medical card, which contains their NHS number

Birth and marriage certificates (if available)

What you will need to take

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What you need to show the registrar


· You must have the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (this is issued by the doctor who attended the deceased during their last illness).

· It’s a good idea to take the deceased’s medical card, which contains their NHS number

· Birth and marriage certificates (if available)


What the registrar will need to know


· The date and place of death

· The full name of the deceased (and maiden name for a married woman)

· The usual address of the deceased

· The date and place of birth of the deceased

· The last occupation of the deceased (and name and occupation of husband, if applicable)

· Details of any pension or allowance from public funds.

· If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse

What the Registrar will issue

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The registrar will then give you (free of charge) the following:


· A green certificate called ‘The Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation’ (this enables the funeral to proceed)

· A white form for the Benefits Agency called ‘The Certificate of Registration’


On the back of the white form there are a number of questions. If the answer to any of the questions is ‘yes’, you’ll need to complete the form and return it to the local DWP Office (with the relevant pension or allowance book) so they can deal with any outstanding benefits.


At a cost of £11.00 each, the registrar will also issue the Certified Copy of Entry of Death – one or two copies are normally enough to give to banks, insurers etc.

Registrar Details

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To register the death, you can go to your local registrar, even if the death occurred in a different district. 


Remember, before you go to the registrar, you’ll need the death certificate. For more information see the Registering a Death section on the previous page.


You may need an appointment to see the registrar, so give them a call in advance to arrange a time.


BUCKINHAMSHIRE REGISTER OFFICE

County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1XF

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm

Telephone: 01296 383005


BEACONSFIELD OLD TOWN REGISTER OFFICE

29 Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2JJ

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm

Telephone: 01296 383005


HATFIELD REGISTER OFFICE

Hatfield Register Office, 19b St Albans Road East, Hatfield AL10 0NG  

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Telephone: 0300 123 4045


HEMEL HEMPSTEAD REGISTER OFFICE

The Forum, Marlowes

Hemel Hempstead HP1 1DN

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Telephone: 0300 123 4045


MILTON KEYNES REGISTER OFFICE

Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ

Monday - Friday 9.00am-5.00pm 

Telephone: 01908 372101


OXFORD REGISTER OFFICE

1 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NS

Monday - Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm 

Friday 9.00am-4.00pm

Telephone: 0345 241 2489


WATFORD REGISTER OFFICE

31 Hempstead Road

Watford WD17 3EY 

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Telephone: 0300 123 4045

'Tell us Once' Service

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In most areas of England and Wales, the ‘Tell us once’ service allows you to report a death to several Government Departments, Agencies and the Local Authority in one contact. 


The Registrar will take you through the ‘Tell us once’ service and explain how it works.


If you wish this can be completed at a later date on-line using the reference number given by the Registrar.