Register a death

also known as: Death.

Find out how to register a death.

How to register a death

The death needs to be registered at the Register Office within 5 days.

Please contact us on 0845 600 6400 to arrange an appointment at any of our Register Offices. When you make your appointment, we will ask you if you would like to use our Tell Us Once Service.

Registering a death will take about 30 minutes or if you use our 'tell us once service' the appointment will take about an hour.

Please note that a death should be registered in the registration district where it occurred.

A death must be registered in the Registration District where it occurred, so if the death occurred in Northumberland you will need to make an appointment to register the death at one of our register offices by calling 0845 600 6400

Our register offices

Alnwick

Amble

Ashington

Berwick

Blyth

Cramlington

Hexham

Morpeth

Rothbury

  • A relative of the deceased
  • A person present at the death
  • A person arranging the funeral (but not the undertaker)

In certain circumstances others, such as the manager of a residential care home can register the death. For more information and advice you should contact your local Register Office.

  • The cause of death
  • Full name and any other name the deceased may have been known by (maiden name of a woman who has been married)
  • Their date of birth
  • Their occupation (if they are married - the full name and occupation of their spouse)
  • Usual address
  • Date of birth of surviving spouse if applicable
  • NHS number if their medical card is available

The documents you need to bring with you are:

  • The medical certificate of cause of death
  • The deceased’s birth certificate
  • The birth certificate of the surviving spouse (if applicable)
  • The deceased’s marriage certificate (if applicable)

The registration is free.

Any certified copies of death certificates will be £4.00 at the time of registration.

After registration, for up to one month, the cost of a copy certificate will be £7.00. After this time a copy certificate will be £10.00.

If you require a copy certificate urgently, you may wish to use the Priority Service. The cost for this service is £20.

  • Any purchased copies of the death certificate
  • The green form - this is to be given to the undertaker and allows a burial or cremation to take place
  • A form to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of the death so they can cancel any benefits the deceased received.

This depends on who needs to be informed of the death i.e. financial institutions, banks, solicitors, insurance companies etc.

The Registrar will be able to advise on the organisations likely to require a certificate.

If you require additional copies of the death certificate they can be purchased online here or by telephoning 0845 600 6400.

Any certified copies of death certificates will be £4.00 at the time of registration

After registration, for up to one month, the cost of a copy certificate will be £7.00. After this time a copy certificate will be £10.00.

If you require a copy certificate urgently, you may wish to use the Priority Service. The cost for this service is £20.

Please note that if there is a mistake on the certified copy of the registration entry, you need to contact the Registration Office.

Registering a still-birth

When a child is still-born, the doctor or midwife who was present at the birth or examined the baby will issue a medical certificate of still-birth.

Normally the hospital staff will contact the Registrar who will attend the ward to carry out the registration.

When a death occurs away from home

Sometimes a death may occur when someone is away from home, for instance, when they are on holiday. In these circumstances you may wish to move the body back home for burial or cremation.

When a death occurs abroad

If a person dies abroad and you wish to bring the body home you will need to do the following:

  • The death should be registered according to the local regulations of the country in which the death occurred.
  • You will need to obtain permission from the relevant authority in that country for the removal of the body
  • You will also need a copy of the death certificate translated into English

Most funeral directors will be able to advise you on how to do this and the likely costs, which may be covered by the insurance of the person who has died.

You can find more information on the GOV.UK website here.

When a death occurs in England or Wales

Anyone wanting to move a body out of England and Wales (including moving into Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as to places abroad) must have authority from a Coroner with jurisdiction for where the person died.

This applies even if the death was completely natural and did not need to be reported to the Coroner before registration.

Your funeral director will normally make the arrangements for you.

Please note: You must register the death in England or Wales before you move the body.