Registration of a Death

When someone passes away, the doctor who had been looking after the deceased be it the family GP or a Doctor within a hospital, will issue THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF CAUSE OF DEATH ‘Death Certificate’. In England and Wales a Death must be registered in Five days. The Death must be registered in the town where the Death occurred, although if it’s difficult or impossible to travel the Death can be registered by declaration in your local registrar’s office, registering by declaration could delay the Funeral service for a few days.

Who can register a Death

The occupier or manager of a home in which the deceased resided

A relative living in the district where the death occurred

A relative or person who was in attendance of the Death

The person arranging the funeral

A close relative of the deceased

What the Registrar will require from you

Marriage certificate and maiden name if the deceased was a married woman

The medical certificate of cause of death (Death certificate)

The medical card (if available)

The birth certificate

What the Registrar will issue you

Copy of the certified entry (Death Certificate) it is advisable to buy more than the one given. You may need these to close bank accounts etc.

Certificate for burial or cremation, which is green in colour and this, is the document we as Funeral directors will need.

Form BD8 which is white in colour and is for the department of work and pensions.

We are here to help and advise every step of the way.