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You are legally required to register a death. You need to register a death to obtain documents so the funeral director can proceed with the arrangements and to handle the legalities of a deceased's estate.


The following people, in order of preference, are legally required to register the death:

  • a relative

  • a person present at death

  • the occupier of the premises where the death occured (if he/she was aware of the death)

  • the person arranging the funeral (this does not relate to the funeral director)



When registering a death, you must take the following documents:

Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by the deceased's doctor) OR HM Coroner's Certificate to enable registration


The following documents should also be taken, if available:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Marriage Certificate

  • NHS Medical Card

  • National Insurance Number


 Information 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 current/last 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

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