Registering a death
You normally need to register a person's death within five
All of our Registration Offices operate an appointment only
service. To make an appointment please phone 0845 603
2859 between the hours of 08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Friday
your Death registration appointment online.
This page explains when you can register and what information
the Registrar will require of you.
Where and when to register a death
A death must be registered by the Registrar of Births and Deaths
for the district in which the death occurred. (This may not be the
same district in which the deceased had his/her usual
address). If it is not convenient for you to visit the
Register Office for the district in which the death took
place, you can go to any other Register Office in England and
Wales to make a declaration of the particulars
required for the registration. The Registrar will then send those
details to that Register Office, who will then send the appropriate
paperwork in the post to you.
This may cause delays for you in organising the
If you are unsure in which district the death occurred please
telephone 0845 603 2859 for advice. A death should be
registered within 5 days unless the Registrar says that this period
may be extended.
To prevent unnecessary waiting all Registration Offices operate an
appointment system. Please telephone to make an appointment
as soon as the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been
issued to you by the doctor of the deceased, who may be either the
general practitioner or a hospital doctor. Please take this
certificate with you when you attend your chosen Registration
In certain circumstances the death will have to be referred to the
Coroner by the doctor or by the Registrar. The Coroner
may do one of three things:
- He may decide that no action is necessary and inform the
- He may decide to hold a post-mortem examination, in which
case a pink Form 100 will be issued usually direct to the
Registrar instead of the medical certificate.
- He may decide to hold an inquest. The Coroner's Office or
Registrar will advise you what to do in these
How to register a death
It is preferred that a relative of the deceased registers the
death. If there are no relatives then it is possible for
other persons to register. Such persons may be someone
present at the death, a senior administrator of the establishment
in which the death occurred, or the person instructing the funeral
You should allow approximately 45 minutes for the
registration. However, in some cases the registration may take
longer. The Registrar will require the following
- The date and place of death
- The full name of the deceased (and maiden name where
- The date and place of birth of the deceased
- The deceased's occupation and the full names and occupation of
the spouse if the deceased was married or widowed
- The deceased's usual address
- Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension from public
- If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the
- Either National Health Service number of the deceased, if
known, or the medical card itself, if available, should be
handed to the Registrar. Please do not delay registration if the
medical card is not available.
After the death has been registered the Registrar will issue to
you two certificates:
- A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known
as the green form) is for you to take to the funeral director so
that the funeral can take place. In some circumstances this is
issued by the Coroner.
- A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form
BD8) is for DWP purposes. Please read the back of the form in
your own time. If any information applies please complete it and
return it to your local DWP Office.
Standard Death Certificates
You may also need to purchase some death certificates. A
death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the death
register. These may be required by banks, building societies,
solicitors or for pension claims and some insurance claims.
You may wish to ask for several copies of the standard death
certificate at the time of registration as the price may increase
if you need one at a later date.
A booklet 'How to obtain probate - Form PA2' forms part of the
package provided to applicants when applying for probate and is
obtainable from the following telephone number.
Probate Helpline 0845
The necessary forms are also available via the Court Service
Click on 'Forms and Guidance' and use the dropdown menu to locate
To book an appointment please call 0845 603
Worcestershire County Council have developed a
Bereavement Booklet (322 KB) which may be useful.
This page was last reviewed 20 December 2012 at 15:49.
The page is next due for review 18 June 2014.