Registration Of Death

Advice About The Registration Of A DeathBelow is some useful information regarding the registration of a death. For help and advice call us on 0800 3 10 11 12 or get in touch online.

Practical Steps  

The first practical step you need to take is to register the death.  This process should not be delayed.  There are a number of companies who are able to help you with the administration, if you do not feel comfortable.

Medical Certificate

If a person has died due to natural causes and a doctor was treating that person at least 14 days prior to death then the doctor treating can issue a Medical Certificate free of charge.  If there was no doctor providing treatment then the Coroner may issue the Medical Certificate.

Coroners

If the death was not due to natural causes then the Coroner may investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.  A Coroner may arrange a post mortem examination.  A preliminary hearing will usually be held to identify the body and a Disposal Certificate issued, which can then be released for the funeral to take place.  A Cause of Death Certificate will also be issued to allow the death to be formally registered.  If the Coroner establishes that the death was not due to natural causes then an Inquest must be held. 

Registration Of Death

The death must be registered at the local Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages.  Registration should take place within 5 days.  The Registrar will need to know the following details about the deceased:

  • Full name and any previous names used;
  • Date and place of death;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • Occupation;
  • Last address;
  • If married full name, date of birth and occupation of the surviving spouse;
  • If they were in receipt of any state pension or benefits.

Certificate For Burial/Cremation

The Registrar will issue you with the following Certificates, allowing you to start sorting out the affairs of the deceased: – Certificate for Burial or Cremation also known as the ‘green form’.  This certificate is free of charge and needs to be given to the funeral director as soon as possible, as it gives permission for the deceased to be buried or cremated.  In cases where the Coroner is involved, this certificate may not be issued.  Instead a separate certificate will be issued directly to the Funeral Director.

Death Certificate

A Death Certificate (known as a certified copy of the death) is issued as legal proof of the death and is required to settle the affairs and estate of the deceased.  This is the only form requiring a payment to be made and it is recommended that you purchase several copies, as you will need one each time you deal with a bank, pension company, insurer or any other organisation relating to the financial affairs of the person who has died.  Companies such as these will always require an original, not a photocopy of the Death Certificate, although they will almost certainly return it, if you prefer to use it more than once.

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