What happens at registration?

You will need to bring the medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor. If there has been a post mortem, the coroner will send this directly to the registrar.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • date and place of death
  • name and surname of the person who has died
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • address
  • marital status and the date of birth of any surviving partner
  • full name and occupation of husband, wife or civil partner
  • whether the person who has died was in receipt of a pension or allowance from a government pension scheme

To record the death accurately it helps us if you also bring proof of:

  • name – passport, birth certificate or NHS medical card
  • change of name (if applicable)– deed poll
  • marital Status – marriage/civil partnership certificate
  • address – utility bill
  • your ID – passport, driving licence or utility bill

The registrar will give you

  • a form for the Benefits Agency
  • a form for the undertaker (unless it has been issued by the coroner)