Register a death
You normally need to register a death within five days. If the coroner is involved it may take longer.
Where to find help
There is no charge to register a death. You can book an appointment to register a death online. Your appointment will take around half an hour.
You can also contact us by telephone and email.
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.
Further information is available on the Gov.UK website.