Registering a Death

A death must be registered within 5 days of a death occurring in England and Wales - this includes weekends and bank holidays and must be registered in the subdistrict in which it has occurred.

In cases where distance presents a problem. Arrangements can be made with a Registrar more local to you to register by declaration, however this may cause a delay before essential documentation for the funeral is available.

The Registrar will require the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by either the usual GP or hospital doctor that treated the deceased during their last illness.

The Registrar will issue the 'Registrars Certificate for burial or cremation' (Green Certificate), which should be given to us at the earliest opportunity.

You may also request as many Certified Copies of the Entry of Death that you require, which will be needed for legal purposes.

Such copies will be required for:

  • Life Assurance
  • Probate
  • Banks
  • Savings
  • Premium Bonds
  • Company shares and other financial interests, although they may not all need to keep a copy.

An online service offered by registrars called 'one for all' is available to notify any government agencies. For more information on registering a death please do not hesitate to contact one of the team and we would be more than happy to walk you through the process.