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REGISTERING A DEATH
The death must usually be registered by the closest relative, but if this is not possible then someone who was either present when the death occurred or the person responsible for arranging the funeral service may be able to register instead. An executor is not automatically entitled to register a death. Further information on persons able to register is available from any Registrarís Office.

When must a death be registered?
Legally, the death must be registered within five days of it occurring - though this period may be extended in certain circumstances, for example when the Coroner has been consulted.

Where do I go to register a death?
Usually the death must be registered in the district in which it occurs but in certain cases (if the person legally responsible for registering the death is unable to attend the local registrarís office) the registration can be completed by declaration. This can delay the funeral taking place as all form will need to be posted. We will advise you of your local registrarís office.

What questions will the Register ask?
The Registrar will need to know the following:-

  • The date and place of death.

  • The deceasedís last (usual) address.

  • The deceasedís full names and surnames (and the maiden surname where appropriate)

  • The deceasedís date and place of birth (town and county if born in the United Kingdom, and country if born abroad).

  • The deceasedís occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse, and of previous spouses (if appropriate).

  • Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds.

  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

  • Other statistical information (some of which you are required by law to give).

What documents will I need to take?
When you go to the Registrarís Office you should take all the following:-

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (as issued by the doctor who certified the death). If the Coroner has been informed please refer to the additional information in the section regarding the Coroner.

  • The deceasedís NHS medical card (if available).

  • Any pension book, certificate or document relating to any pension or benefits that the deceased was receiving from public funds.

  • It is also useful if you have the deceasedís birth and (if applicable) marriage certificates to hand though these documents are not essential provided you are able to give the Registrar the correct information.

What documents will I receive from the Registrar?
The Registrar will give you, free of charge, the following:

  • Leaflets about Widowís Benefits/Income Tax for Widows (where appropriate)

  • A Certificate of Registration of Death - Form BD8. This is for Social Security purposes only. Read the information on the back of the certificate and if any of it applies to you, fill in the certificate and send it or hand it in to your Social Security Office.

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Certificate). This gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made and should be delivered to us as soon as possible so that the funeral can take place.

  • If the Coroner has been involved (please refer to the additional information in the section regarding the Coroner) one of the following may have been made available in place of the above :-

    • Coronerís Burial Order - Form 101 or

    • Coronerís Certificate E for Cremation - Form 102

What about death certificates?
The death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Deaths. The Registrar can issue copies of this on payment of a fee and this is currently £4.00 per copy (when issued from register currently in use). The "original" is the actual entry in the register and any copies issued from it carry the statutory fee.

How many copies will I need and who will need them?
You may need a death certificate for the will and for any pension claims, insurance policies, bank accounts and premium bonds. It is easier to purchase these copies at the time you visit the Registrar.

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