Registering a Death

What You Need to Do

You should register the death within five days. 

To register a death you must be a qualified informant (please see the list of qualified informants below)

  • relative of Deceased 
  • someone present at the death
  • the occupier, e.g. the matron or owner of a nursing home or the Hospital Administrator of the premises where the death occurred
  • the person arranging the funeral (this is the person signing the paperwork for the funeral director, not the funeral director themselves)

Booking an Appointment

Once you are in receipt of the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the doctor or you have been contacted by the Coroner's Officer to say that the paperwork has now been completed, you must make an appointment to register the death.   

All deaths must be registered within five days of the date of death, the only exception to this is where a referral has been made to the Coroner. A Coroner's Officer will advise you when you are able to make an appointment.

The GOV.UK website (opens in a new window) 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.

To register a death please book an appointment with us. Please note that you can only book three calendar days ahead on the online system. If the system does not allow you to book please ring 01905 768181 for assistance.

Book your appointment

If you need further clarification about your appointment before booking, please complete the Enquiry Form and one of our dedicated team will respond to you.

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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.