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A death must, by law, be registered within 5 days, normally in the registration district in which the death has occurred. We will be able to advise you as to the whereabouts of the relevant office. Under normal circumstances the ‘Medical Certificate’ (signed by a doctor) should be taken to the registrars with, if possible, the deceased’s ‘Medical Card’. The registrar will then issue the ‘Death Certificate’, a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (called the ‘green form’) for the Funeral Director and form BD8 relating to the DSS and state pension.

To avoid delays, it is best to go to the register office in the area in which the person has died. You can choose another register office, but it may take longer to get the necessary documents and this could delay the funeral arrangements.

Who can Register the Death?

If the person died in a house or 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 making the arrangements (but not the Funeral Director)

Deaths that occurred 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 making the arrangements (but not the Funeral Director)

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

What information will be required?

When registering a death, you’ll need to take the following:

  • medical certificate of the cause of death (signed by a doctor)
  • And, if available (or should be confident of the information they contain):
  • birth certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS Medical Card

You’ll need to tell the registrar:

  • the person’s full name at time of death
  • any names previously used, including maiden surname
  • the person’s date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • if they were getting a state pension or any other state benefit

If a post-mortem is not being held, the registrar will give you:

  • a certificate for burial or cremation (called the ‘green form’), giving permission for the body to be buried or to apply for the body to be cremated
  • a certificate of registration of death (form BD8), issued for social security purposes if the person was on a state pension or benefits (read the information on the back, complete and return it, if it applies)

You will be able to buy one or more death certificates at this time (the price varies between local authorities). These will be needed by the executor or administrator when sorting out the person’s affairs.

If a post-mortem is needed, the coroner will issue any documents you need as quickly as possible afterwards.

The green certificate, should be given to us as soon as possible.

Useful addresses

GOV.UK ‘Register a death’ website


Directgov: Search for your local register office


Kensington & Chelsea Register Office:

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
Tel: 020 7361 4100

Westminster Register Office:

Westminster Registration Office, 317 Harrow Road, W9 3RJ
Please call 020 7641 7500 to make an appointment.

Hammersmith & Fulham Register Office:

Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, W6 9JU
Please call 020 8753 2140 to make an appointment.

Wandsworth Register Office:

Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU
Tel: 020 8871 6120

Lambeth Register Office:

The Lambeth Register Office in Brixton is closed as part of the Town Hall refurbishment. The Register Office is currently based at the Redfearn Centre, Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5QY

Appointments may be made on-line: Click here 


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