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Registering a Death

In England and Wales, a death must be registered within five (5) days. Registration must be carried out by the Registrar of Births and Deaths, for the area in which the death occurred. 

If you are unsure whether or not you have authority to register the death, we will advise you. 

woman with a pen and death certificate registering a death

When attending the office of the Registrar, you (the Informant), must take the following things with you:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death 
  • Deceased’s Birth Certificate 
  • Marriage Certificate (where relevant) 
  • Deceased’s National Health Medical Card (if possible)

The Registrar will ask you to provide information about the person who has passed away:

  • First name/s, surname and any other names used officially (and maiden name where relevant)
  • Usual home address 
  • Date and place of death 
  • Date and place of birth 
  • Occupation (if the person was a married woman, then the name and occupation of the her surviving husband or civil partner is also required)
  • Date of birth of surviving partner 
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance/s from public funds 

The Registrar will ask you, as Informant, to provide information about yourself:

  • First name/s and surname 
  • Relationship to the person who has passed away
  • Usual home address

The Registrar will give you the following documents:

  • Certified Copy of an Entry - Death (commonly known as the Death Certificate).
    •  The Registrar will charge a reduced fee (£4 per copy in Leeds) for purchase at the time of registration. The full fee will be applied should you choose to purchase the Certified Copy of an Entry - Death, at a later date. This document is often required for purposes of Probate, banking, shares, bonds, pensions and insurance. It is also useful for finalising many other legal aspects of the person’s estate as well as for private family records.
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8)
    •  Required (only when the person was of pensionable age) by the Department for Work and Pensions. This is necessary in respect of pensions and the cancellation of all relevant benefit payments.

Registrars' Certificate for Burial or Cremation. 

  • This is green in colour and may be referred to as the 'Green Form'.  This document must be handed to your funeral director.

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