How to Register a Death

how to register a death
How to Register a Death

Knowing how to register a death isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds, and it can be quite a daunting thought. It’s important to understand how to do it and what information you will need, as it is a legal requirement before a funeral can take place. 

The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages will guide you through how to register a death. The death must be recorded within five days in the district in which the person lived, or where they died if different; registering a death serves as a formal record of someone’s passing.

A death can only be registered by certain people, including a relative present at the death, during the person’s last illness or residing in the district where the death took place. Anyone else present at the death can also register the occurrence, as can the person arranging the funeral, although this cannot be the funeral director. They may, however, be able to guide you through the process. 

To register a death, you’ll need the medical certificate of death and the person’s NHS medical card, and birth and marriage certificates if available. 

You will also need their date and place of birth and death; their full name (including maiden name), their last address, occupation, as well as the full name, date of birth and job of their spouse/civil partner and whether they received a pension or social security benefits.

After the death has been registered, you’ll be given a green certificate necessary for burial or cremation to go ahead, and the certificate of death.

Knowing how to register a death and collating this information can help ease the organisational burden on your family; it can be left with your pre-paid funeral plan, which will ease the financial strain and give you peace of mind that your final wishes will be adhered to.

If you’d like to see how a Capital Life funeral plan could help you and your family, contact us or call us on 0800 411 8688 to speak to one of our friendly advisors.