Please note that due to restrictions surrounding the presence of Covid-19 the registration process in your area may be different to the below. Please call us to discuss this further.
How long do you have to register a death?
When registering a death, the time limit depends on where you are in the UK:
Where to register a death
If you’re unsure of where to register a death in the UK, you will need to find a register office closest to where the person died and make an appointment to register the death. Try and call the register office as soon as you can, as they can get busy very quickly.
Who can register a death?
Registering a death is typically done by a close relative of the person who has died. However, if no relatives are available, there are only certain people who can register a death. This includes:
Any person present when the person died
What do you need to register a death?
Once you have made an appointment to register a death with the local registrar, it’s important to provide them with as much information about the deceased as possible. The process of registering a death should take approximately 30 minutes.
You will need to take the following documents with you:
You don’t need to have all of the above paperwork to register a death, so don’t worry if it’s not all available. The most important piece of paperwork is the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. Without this, you will not be able to register the death.
You will also need to provide the registrar with the following information:
The name, occupation and date of birth of their spouse or civil partner, if applicable