registering a death

Registering a Death

All deaths need to be registered with the register of births, deaths, and marriages. Registration in most cases should take place prior to the funeral that must be done within 5 days in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and eight days in Scotland. When registering a death for the deceased this can be performed by: -

  • Relative
  • Anyone who was present at the death
  • The person arranging the funeral but not the funeral director
  • The person finding the body
  • Occupier of the part of the building where the death took place ( if they were aware of the death)
  • What documents will you need?

    • The medical certificate of cause of death
    • Birth or marriage certificate
    • Their last address
    • Occupation Full name

    Copies of the certificate

    Once the death has been registered you can obtain a death certificate. To obtain copies of the death certificate you need to go to your local your register office. You can also get copies online at gro.gov that starts from £9.25.

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