Registering a death

Register a death

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.

Where can I register a death?

The death must be registered at the Register Office in the district where it occurred. If the death occurred in Brighton or Hove you should attend Brighton & Hove Register Office.

Book a death registration appointment online or phone 01273 292 016 to make an appointment.

If it is difficult to attend our offices, you can register the death by 'declaration' at any register office in England or Wales. This could cause delays to funeral arrangements and processing of the deceased's affairs.

Who can register the death

You can register a death if you are:

  • a relative
  • a person present at the death
  • a person who is making the funeral arrangements

We would encourage you to bring a friend or relative for support you, if you wish.

Other people may be able to register the death in certain circumstances. If you are unsure as to whether you can register, please telephone the register office who will be happy to advise you.

What information will the registrar need?

Please make sure you provide:

  • the date and place of the death
  • the full name of the person who has died (and maiden name if the deceased was a married woman)
  • his/her 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
  • his/her medical card

What documents do I need to bring?

Please bring the following documents belonging to the person who has died:

  • passport
  • 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 name deed/deed poll

It would also be helpful to produce the following documents relating to yourself:

  • current passport
  • proof of address (council tax or utilities bill)

What documents will I be given?

You will be given a:

  • green form to take to the funeral director. In some cases this will be issued by the Coroner.
  • BD8 form for notifying the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

How much does it cost?

Registration is free. You can buy death certificates at the time of registration for £11 each.

You may need them for:

  • banks or building societies
  • probate
  • insurance companies
  • stocks and shares
  • solicitor
  • private pensions
  • post office accounts

In case of emergency

If you need to contact a registrar to arrange an urgent burial please phone 07979 648 227 between 10am and midday on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

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