What happens at registration?

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) is issued by a Doctor to the Register Office and is required for a death to be registered.  The MCCD should be sent electronically directly from a Doctor or Surgery to us. 

If you have been given a paper copy of the MCCD by the Doctor you should bring it to the appointment.

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 undertaker (unless it has been issued by the coroner)
  • A Tell Us Once unique reference number which allows you to report a death just once and tell those parts of central and local government that require informing about a death.

You will be asked to check the information entered in the register carefully and to sign that it is correct.  Please ensure that you read through all the details thoroughly and check that all spellings are shown correctly.

A mistake can be corrected before you sign the register however if you notice an error after the registration and wish for it to be corrected there will be a consideration fee to pay which will be £75 or £90 dependent on the type of correction you require.  Please note that if you are unable to provide evidence of the error a correction may not be possible.