When should I register a death?

It is a legal requirement that a death is registered within 5 days. Be aware that you need to book an appointment with the Registrar as usually you can’t just walk in to register a death. If the Coroner is involved there may be a post mortem or even an inquest. Every Coroner’s case is individual so there are three options that may be relevant to you. You may have to register the death in the usual way through the registrar, alternatively the Coroner may register the death for you directly. In some circumstances the coroner may issue an interim death certificate with which you can register the death. Because each case is individual we advise you to contact the Coroner directly on 0333 013 5000 to find out what is happening in your case.

Registration must be done in the district where the death occurred. For information and contact details regarding your local Registrar office please see useful contacts.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for registering a death and when you do you will be given a copy of the Death Certificate. We advise that you get at least 4 copies of the Death Certificate because a number of organisations require to see an original. Purchase of extra death certificates incurs a small charge

Who can register a death?

  • A relative of the deceased
  • An executor for the estate or other legal representative
  • The person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)

Documents you will require

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Proof of Address
  • Documents relating to receipt of government pensions or allowances

If you can’t find all the above documents don’t worry, you will still be able to register the death.

Information you will require

  • The person’s full name and any other names they may have used
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation (last occupation if retired)
  • Details of any pension or benefit from the state
  • Their husband/wife/civil partner’s full name (if the partner is deceased)

Documents the Registrar will give you

Green Form

The Green Form is a crucial document as it enables your Funeral Director to proceed with the cremation or burial. (In the case that the coroner performs a post mortem examination a Green Form will not be issued, instead a Coroner’s form will be sent directly to the Funeral Director). Please note that preliminary arrangements and funeral plans can be made with your Funeral Director before the green form is issued, but the funeral cannot be completed without it.

Once you have receive the Green Form you must give this to your Funeral Director so that they can proceed with the arrangements for the funeral.

Death Certificate (Form BD8)

Find your local registry office

What to do next

All the contacts and details you will need

Testimonials

Sending you a great big hug –

Dear Nathan, the family and all at Penrose!

Many thanks for a very tailored, personal and respectful relationship after my father’s passing.

With kind regards and best wishes

Georgia Duffee -

Thank you for your sensitive care and support at a very difficult time

May C. and Family - Nov 2018

To Jeremy, Brendon and the rest of the fabulous team at Penrose Funerals

We just wanted to say what a truly fabulous Funeral we had with Jeremy at the helm. The consideration and respect he showed us and our lovely dad was so very special and lovely to see, he guided us very caringly through everything from start to finish, he made an unbearable day….bearable, for that we are so very grateful. I also wanted to say a big thank you to Brendon who made arranging the funeral so much easier with his calming and helpful way.

We all say thank you for the perfect send off for our Dad.

Our kindest regards and many thanks for everything  xxxxx

Jane, John and the Family of John Laister - November 2020

Thank you so much for the way you dealt with my husband Dennis’ funeral. It was done with great dignity and respect and for your kindness!

Mandi Martin - October 2018

Dear Penrose Team,

Many thanks to you for the dignified way you handled the funeral of my dearest mother Violet Mark, also the help you gave in such a careful way.

Everything was done to perfection and Violet’s family are truly grateful.

Kind regards,

Sharon Smart and Violet’s family - April 2021

Thank you so much for making Brian’s funeral so special, he would have loved it. I cannot thank you enough for all your care and compassion through a very difficult time.

Janet C - Sept 2016

Dear Nathan,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the caring way you helped me plan my beautiful mum’s funeral. As it is a time of terrible loss and sadness I cannot think of anyone else who could have made it more bearable. Thank you so much and God Bless you.

Eleanor R - August 2017
Dear all at Penrose,
just to say a big thankyou for all the arrangements you did for my Mum’s funeral, Greta Bower. It’s good to know that in this day and age there are people who can organise and do things correctly, with care and compassion.
Once again thankyou for everything.
Regards,
Ian and Family - Feb 2021
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