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Deaths in England & Wales should be registered within 5 days of death by attending the Registrar's Office in the District where the death occurred.

Those eligible to Register are:
  • A relative of the deceased (next of kin preferred)
  • Any person present at death    
  • An occupant of the house
  • An official from the hospital / nursing home where the death occurred
  • The person making the arrangements with the funeral director
Take with you:
  • Doctor’s Medical Certificate of Cause of Death; supplied by the family Doctor or Hospital Doctor   
  • Identification of the person registering the death.
  • National Insurance Number, passport, driving licence and medical card of the deceased.
  • Birth & Marriage certificates of the deceased
The registrar will need to know:
  • Their full name (and maiden name if applicable)    
  • Date and place of birth                        
  • Date and place of death    
  • Usual Address    
  • Occupation    
  • Details of Husband or Wife or Civil Partner    
  • If they were in receipt of a pension        
  • Details of the person registering (Name and Relationship)
The Registrar will issue you with the following documents:
  • A GREEN FORM which is the certificate for Burial or Cremation. This will be required by the Funeral Director.
  • A WHITE FORM which is a Certificate of Registration of Death (BD8). This should be completed and posted to Job Centre Plus.
  • COPIES OF THE DEATH CERTIFICATE on payment of the statutory fee (currently £11.00). These will be required by financial institutions, insurance companies etc.
Through the ‘Tell Us Once’ scheme, the registrar can also deal with notifying the following agencies:
  • State Pension
  • Personal Taxation
  • Council Tax
  • UK Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Child Benefit
  • Children's Services

Somerset County Council Registration Offices:

Dorset County Council Registration Offices:

Devon County Council Registration Offices:

If the coroner is involved

There are different reasons why death may have to be reported to the Coroner by a doctor or the police.
It is their duty is to establish the cause of death when a doctor is unable to certify. If this is the case, relatives will be kept informed of the situation by the Coroner’s Officer and they will be advised when they will be able to go to the Registrar. We will advise you on the certification required if the Coroner is involved.


When the Coroner decides that an inquest is necessary he will issue the forms required for burial or cremation, and will register the death. Relatives will then only need to attend the Registrar if requiring copies of the death certificate. If requested, the Coroner will issue interim copies of the death certificate in order to close off any bank accounts, insurance policies etc. These are free of charge.

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