The person registering the death (known as the informant), usually a family member or the executor, would sign the register in the presence of the registrar.
Who can register a death?
- a close relative
- a relative in attendance during the last illness
- the person’s executor or other legal representative
- the person arranging the funeral
Which documents are required?
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (this is sent directly to the Registrar by the GP/ hospital bereavement office)
- birth certificate
- national insurance number
Don’t worry if you can’t find all of these documents – you’ll still be able to register the death without them. The registrar will want to know:
- the person’s full name (at the time of their death)
- any other names that the person used (eg a birth or married name)
- their date and place of birth, including the town and county if they were born in the UK, or just the country if they were born abroad
- their last address
- their occupation or last occupation if now retired
- the full name of their husband, wife or civil partner, if they’ve died
- details of any state pension or other state benefit they were receiving.
Here we set out the steps required to register a death:
- Doctors will send an electronic copy of the Medical Certificate Cause of Death to the specified registrar
- The informant should contact the registrar by telephone to make arrangements to begin the death registration process
The registrar will complete a register entry for the informant to review and approve.
A paper copy of the Certificate of Registration of Death (death certificate) will then be handed to the informant. There will also be a green certificate (green in colour) which we will need for the burial/cremation to go ahead.