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