When should I register a death?

The law requires you to register a death within five days of it occurring, unless it was referred to a coroner. Even in most coroner's cases, deaths should still be registered within seven days.

For further information please also see our leaflet:  download: Camden guide to registering a death (PDF)

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Where should I register a death?

Where do I register a death?

The death should normally be registered in the registration district where it happened. So if the death occurred within the London Borough of Camden (for example at University College Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, The National Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital or Mary Curie Hospice, Hampstead) you will need to see us.

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If the death happened elsewhere, then you should normally go to the district office for that area.

I'm not sure which office to go to

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I'm unable to come to the appropriate office

If it is inconvenient to attend the appropriate register office where the death happened you can complete a registration at any other register office in England and Wales. The registrar will pass the details on to the appropriate office who can then record the death and send you the documents you need by post. This means you can book an appointment with us even if the death occurred outside of Camden.

Please note: Any registration which is given outside of the register office where the death happened will delay your arrangements and is not appropriate if you expect a funeral to be completed within less than two weeks. 

 

What do I need for my appointment?

Who should attend to register the death?

The next of kin should ideally complete the registration. We would encourage you to bring a friend or relative for support if you wish. If it is inconvenient for the next of kin to attend, the following persons (in order of priority) can all complete the registration:

  •     relatives of the deceased
  •     a person present at the death
  •     managers or matrons in charge of the ward or public institution where someone died
  •     someone arranging the funeral (although not the funeral director)

 Which documents are required?

  •    the medical certificate of cause of death, neonatal death certificate or the medical certificate of still-birth (this is mandatory unless a coroner's case)
  •    formal ID such as the passport or birth certificate of the deceased (this is not mandatory)

In coroner's cases, the coroner normally faxes us the appropriate certificate directly but it is important to contact us before your appointment to confirm we have received it.  


What information will I be asked?

The registrar has to record certain details about the deceased. He or she will ask you questions in private and record the details into a computer database. You will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

  •     their full name and surname
  •     if applicable, any maiden surname
  •     their place and date of birth
  •     their occupation and usual address
  •     if the person was either married, a widow or a civil partner, the full names and occupation of the husband/wife or surviving civil partner 
  •     information about pensions
  •     information about any public funds or benefits the deceased was receiving

From 1st November 2017 there will be a charge of £75 or £90 (depending on type) for an application for correction.  Please ensure you provide accurate information and check the details carefully before you sign the entry while you are at your appointment

Who can register a death?

Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. If the deceased has no relatives or none are available then any of the following can register the death:

•    any relative of the deceased – including a relative by marriage
•    a person present at the death
•    a person taking care of the funeral arrangements
•    the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate
•    the governor, matron or chief officer of a public building where the death occurred
•    a person living in and responsible for a house, lodgings or apartments where the death occurred
•    a person finding, or a person taking charge of the body
 

What happens next?

The registrar will complete the official registration with you.

Please carefully check the details on the draft register page before signing. Once the registration is completed if any errors are noted then a formal correction process will need to be followed to get it rectified. There is a statutory fee for correction which is currently £75 or £90.

You will then get a green form to pass on to the undertakers. You will also get the opportunity to purchase any death certificates if you haven’t already paid for them while booking the appointment,

The registrar will then enter details of the deceased  on to the Tell Us Once service. It’s a way you to inform government departments (DWP, local councils etc) about your loss, all at the same time.

You can buy additional death certificates on the day of registration.