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How to register a death

What to do when a cause of death has been established

How to register a death

What to do when a cause of death has been established


How to register a death

What to do when a cause of death has been established

Once the 'Medical Cause of Death Certificate' or 'Coroner's Certificate' has been emailed to the local Registrar by the issuing Doctor, then an appointment will be needed by the Next of Kin (NOK) to be able to officially register the death.

 

Under normal circumstances a death should be registered (in England and Wales) within 5 days. Where the Coroner has been involved, this may take longer. If the cause of death requires further consideration then the Coroner may open then adjourn an inquest hearing. This would allow them to issue an interim certificate which would enable the funeral to go ahead. In this instance the death would not be registered in the normal way before the funeral takes place.

 

A relative of the deceased should register the death. If this is not possible then any of the following can register:

  • Someone who was present at the time of death or who found the body.
  • The person who is arranging the funeral (but not the Funeral Director).
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred, if they know about the death.

 

When registering a death you will need to provide the following information:

  • The person's full name.
  • Any previous names (e.g. maiden name).
  • The person's date and place of birth.
  • Their home address.
  • Their occupation.
  • Whether they were in receipt of a state pension or other benefits.
  • Details of a surviving partner or late spouse or civil partner - full name, date of birth and occupation.

 

Although there is no cost to register a death, you are charged should you require copies of the official Death Certificate. It is advised that you purchase at least one copy as this will be required by Banks, Building Societies and other services for which any accounts would need to be closed or updated.


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