Registering the death

What to do first

Once the death has been confirmed by a doctor a medical certificate will be issued to you. When you have the medical certificate you will need to make an appointment with the registrar for the area in which the death occurred.

The registration procedure is a simple interview with the Registrar who will require the following information:
The date and place of death
The deceased’s full name (including any names previously used ie. Maiden surname)
The deceased’s last home address
The Marital status of the deceased
The occupation of the deceased
The full name, occupation and date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner
Whether the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or any state benefits


Once the death has been registered the Registrar will then issue you with:
Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the ‘green form’), giving permission for the deceased to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made.
Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8); issued for social security purposes if the deceased received a State pension or benefits (read the information on the back and complete and return it if it applies).
You will be able to buy one or more Death Certificates at this time. These may be required by the executor or administrator when sorting out the deceased person’s affairs. 

PLEASE NOTE - you will have to register the death yourself even if you choose to use the services of  a traditional funeral director.