Register a death
Changes to Registration Services
We are taking action to maintain services and prioritise key areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
All registrations of deaths will be completed via pre-booked telephone appointments until further notice.
A death that has not been referred to the coroner should be registered within 5 days of the date of death.
Who can register a death
Where possible a death should be registered by a relative of the person who has died, but other people who can register include:
- a person present at the death
- the owner or manager of the residential home where the death occurred
- the person responsible for organising the funeral
- the Funeral Director - with agreement from the deceased’s family
Where to register a death
The death must be registered at the register office in the district where the death occurred.
You can book an appointment to register a death online or phone 01273 292 016.
Registration is free. Death certificates cost £11. We will post certificates as soon as possible. There may be postal delays in some areas due to the pandemic.
If the person died outside Brighton & Hove
Find out what to do when someone dies abroad.
What you’ll need to register the death
Emergency legislation has allowed Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to be emailed directly from a medical practitioner to the Registration Service.
If the medical practitioner has already handed you the Medical Cause of Death Certificate, please drop it in to the letter box at Brighton Town Hall. This must be done before the time of your appointment.
If the Coroner is involved they will advise you of what you need to do to register.
During the telephone appointment, we’ll ask you for information about the person who has died:
- the date and place of the death
- their full name (and any names they have previously been known by)
- their date and place of birth
- their occupation (and if applicable the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)
- their usual address
- if the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their surviving spouse or civil partner
- whether they were receiving a pension from public funds
- their NHS number
It will help us to register the death if you have access, during the appointment, to some documents relating to the person who has died, but we can still register without them.
- proof of address (council tax bill or utilities bill)
- if applicable, their marriage or civil partnership certificate
- birth certificate
- if applicable, any name change documents such as change of name deed or deed poll
Adult Social Care
If the person who has died had any involvement with Adult Social Care, it is important to inform them of the death as soon as possible.
What we will give you
Once the death is registered the certificate for burial or cremation will be forwarded to the relevant authority who will be managing the funeral. In some cases this will be issued by the Coroner.
You can buy copies of the death certificate for £11 each. You will need these to notify banks, insurance companies, probate and other services. We will post certificates as soon as possible however, due to service changes there may be a delay.
The Tell us Once service is available and will be offered at the time of registration. Find more information about the Tell Us Once service.