Information required to register a death


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:

  • 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

Please check carefully before signing the register to ensure the information recorded in the death register is correct. If any mistakes are made you will need to apply to the General Register Office(GRO) for any amendments.  The amendments, if allowed by GRO, will be added onto the record as a note in the margin – the original records will not be altered.

If English is not your first language and help is needed, a relative or friend may act as an interpreter.



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