Register a death

What happens at the appointment

During your appointment, you'll need to provide information about the person who died.

Documents you'll need

For your appointment, you'll need documents showing the correct spellings for the person who died, this could be their:

  • UK passport
  • driving licence
  • utility bill
  • birth or marriage certificate
  • passport or photo driving licence
  • proof of address, for example, a utility bill

You'll also need the medical card of the person who died showing their NHS number (if available).

We can still register the death without these documents, but they can help to ensure accuracy.

During the appointment

We'll need to know the:

  • full name and surname of the person that died (and any other names used)
  • maiden surname for women
  • date and place of death
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation and usual address

If the person who died had a spouse or civil partner, we'll also need to know their:

  • name
  • occupation
  • date of birth

Death certificates

At the end of the appointment you'll be asked how many copies of the death certificate you would like. Certificates cost £11.

You may need copies of the death certificate for:

  • dealing with the Will
  • bank and building society accounts
  • insurance companies
  • tax rebates
  • stocks, shares and premium bonds
  • a solicitor
  • probate
  • company pensions

You can buy extra copies of death certificates online.

After the appointment

Once the registration is complete, we'll give you:

  • any death certificate(s) you want to purchase
  • instructions about the Tell Us Once service (including the reference number)
  • a BD8 form for you to send to the Department of Social Security

We'll also give you the certificate for burial or cremation, known as the 'green form'. This authorises the funeral director to proceed with the funeral. We can send this form to the funeral director if you want us to.