Register a death
You normally need to register a death within five days. If the coroner is involved it may take longer.
How to book an appointment
Your appointment will take around half an hour.
There is no charge to register a death.
The registrar will give you:
- A certificate for burial or cremation
- A certificate of Registration of Death
If you want a Death Certificate (certified copy of death entry) you can buy this from the Registrar at the time for £4.
If you need a copy of either certificate at a later date, the fee will be either £7 or £10.
If you will be dealing with the deceased's estate you are likely to need several copies.
Who should register a death
Most deaths are registered by a relative but the registrar will allow others if no relatives are available.
- a person present at the death
- a person arranging the funeral (this does not mean the funeral director)
In certain circumstances other people, such as the administrator of an elderly persons' home, can register a death.
Information on documents you may need are available at: