Death registration services
Register a death in Worcestershire or order a copy death certificate.
Please be aware if your appointment is at Worcester Register Office, access to the main reception areas to the front and rear of the County Hall building are closed. The Register Office at Worcester is open for all appointments and customers will be able to access the building by the Lakeview Café entrance. You may wish to add a little extra time to travel.
A map showing the temporary entrance can be downloaded and signage will direct you to the office.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Download: County Hall Map (PDF)
What you need to do
All deaths must be registered within five days of the date of death
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)
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.
Booking an Appointment
Please only book the appointment once the surgery or coroners’ office have informed you that paperwork has been emailed to Worcestershire Register Office.
The Registration Service may contact you, if you have not booked an appointment and the statutory deadline is close.
Once the death has been registered, the form for the funeral will still be sent directly to the funeral director and burial/cremation authority via email on your behalf.
If you need further clarification, please complete an enquiry form and one of our dedicated team will respond to you.
Request a copy death certificate
Before requesting your copy certificate
Please check the following:
Place of death is within Worcestershire
Worcestershire County Council can only issue copy certificates for Worcestershire County.
Events before July 1837 are not held by Worcestershire County Council
These cases might be recorded with Church Burial registers. Worcestershire Archive Service holds many records that may be useful.
Worcestershire Coroner Services
His 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.
Visit the Coroner's Service for Worcestershire