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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 

Online

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.

Death certificates

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.

This includes:

  • 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

Further information is available on the Gov.UK website.

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