How to Register a Death in the UK

You must register the death with the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths for the district where the death occurred.

You need to do this within five days of the death (eight days in Scotland) unless it has been referred to the coroner.

You can find the address in the phone book or from a doctor, local council, post office or police station. If you cannot contact the registrar for the district where the death occurred, you can make 
a formal declaration in any district and this will be forwarded to the correct one. If this happens there may be some delay in certificates being issued.

  • Visit www.direct.gov.uk for an interactive tool which you can use to track exactly how you should register a death, giving different guidelines for England & Wales and Scotland.
  • Visit www.nrscotland.gov.uk to register a death in Scotland.
  • Visit www.nidirect.gov.uk to register a death in Northern Ireland.

Who can register a death that occurs at home or in hospital?

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • an occupant of the house
  • an official from the hospital
  • or the person making the arrangements with us

Documentation needed is:

  • Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death (signed by a doctor)
  • and, if available: birth certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate, NHS Medical Card

Information that you will need to supply:

  • the person’s full name at time of death
  • any names previously used, including maiden surname
  • the person’s date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • if they were receiving a state pension or any other state benefit.