Who may register?

If the person died in a house or a hospital, the death can be registered by:

• A relative

• Someone present at the death

• An occupant of the house

• An official from the hospital

• The person arranging the Funeral

Deaths occurring anywhere else can be registered by:

• A relative

• Someone present at the death

• The person who found the body

• The person in charge of the body • The person arranging the Funeral

Most deaths are registered by a relative. The Registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.

Documents & Information You Will Need


When registering a death you will need the following: • Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death

And if available:

• Council Tax bill,

• Driving Licence

• Passport

• Proof of Address

• Birth Certificate

• NHS Medical Card

• Marriage / Civil Partnership Certificate

Information you will need to tell the Registrar:

• The person’s full name at time of death

• Any names previously used (e.g. maiden name)

• The person’s date and place of birth

• Their last address

• Their occupation

• The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse, late spouse or civil partner

• Whether they were receiving a State Pension or any other benefit

Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

Tell Us Once will notify:

• HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

• Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

• Passport Office

• Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

• The Local Council •

Veterans UK

Documents You Will Receive

If a post-mortem is not being held, the Registrar will issue you with:

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Form) Given to the funeral director as soon as possible
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (White Form) Known as a BD8, this form is for DWP purposes
  • Death Certificate
  • A certified copy of the entry into the register
  • If a post-mortem is being held to determine the cause of death and the deceased is to be cremated the Coroner will issue:
  • Form Cremation 6 Certificate of Coroner

You will be able to buy one or more Death Certificates at this time; these will be needed by the Executor or Administrator when sorting out the personal affairs.