The registration of the death is a formal record of the death issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages of the particular district. Please look for the nearest register office in the telephone directory.
If the death took place in the house: it should be registered at the register office for the district where they lived.
If the death took place in a hospital or nursing home: it should be registered at the register office of the district in which the home or hospital is situated.
In England and Wales, you can go to the nearest or most convenient office to register the death and the details will be passed on to the correct office. Please note that some of these offices have an appointment system so check the opening hours of the office you wish to go to.
A death should be registered within five days, but can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is notified that a medical certificate has been issued. If the death has been reported to the coroner you cannot register it until the investigations are finished. It is a criminal offence not to register a death.
The death certificate is a copy of the entry made by the registrar in the death register. This certificate is needed to deal with money or property left by the person who has died, including dealing with the will. You may need several copies of the certificate, for which there will be a charge.
A death should be registered by a relative who was present during the death or by a relative present during the person's illness or last days (This could be a relative living in the district where the death took place, anyone else present during the death, an owner or occupier of the building where the death took place and who was aware of the death, or the person arranging the funeral.).
The responsibility of registration cannot be delegated to anyone else or done by the funeral director
When you have registered the death, the registrar will give you a green certificate (for which there is no charge) to be given to the funeral director. The green certificate gives permission for either burial or cremation of the body. Occasionally, where no one has yet been able to register the death, a registrar may be able to issue a certificate for burial only (but not cremation).
The registrar will also give you a form that needs to be sent to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) (In Northern Ireland it is the Social Security Agency). This form allows them to deal with the person's pension and other social security benefits.