Registering a Death

What You Need to Do

You should register the death within 5 days. 

You must ideally be a member of the family; if this is not possible it should be someone who was present at the death, the person instructing the funeral director or the occupier of the premises in which the death occurred.

A death can only be registered once you have the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the doctor, or in the case of a death reported to the Coroner, confirmation from the Coroner's Officer that the relevant paperwork has been issued to us.

Booking an Appointment

Book a Death Registration Appointment using our secure booking system

Please make an appointment as soon as the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been issued to you by the doctor of the deceased, they may be either the general practitioner or a hospital doctor. Please take this certificate with you when you attend your chosen Registration Office.

The GOV.UK website provides a comprehensive toolkit that will help you determine what you need to do in order to register a death. This will tell you how to register the death, based on the circumstances, and what information you will need to provide to the registrar.

Worcestershire Coroner Services

Visit the Coroner's website

Her Majesty’s Coroner holds office under the Crown and is an independent judicial officer.

The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is not known, violent or unnatural deaths and any death which occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

The Coroner's Service for Worcestershire endeavours to provide a caring, efficient service making the processes involved as easily comprehensible and accessible as possible.