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How to register a death

Procedure

When someone you care about dies, it can be confusing knowing what steps to take. Here, you can find a step-by-step guide of what to do.

A death must be registered by law in the district in which it has occurred and under normal* circumstances the doctor's certificate giving the cause of death should be taken to the registrar's office with, if possible, the deceased's medical card and birth certificate.

The procedure for registering a death is a simple question and answer interview between the registrar and the informant and the following questions will be asked:

  1. Date and place of birth and death
  2. Full name of deceased
  3. Marriage status of deceased
  4. Home address of deceased
  5. Last or present occupation of deceased

If deceased is:

  1. Female (either married or a widow), her maiden name and her husband's full name and occupation.
  2. Married at date of death, the date of birth of the surviving partner.
  3. In receipt of a Service Pension the Registrar will require the Pension Book.

*In the event of a death being referred to a Coroner the procedure will be different in terms of the certification issued.

Documentation

The Registrar will issue a GREEN CERTIFICATE* which will be required by our office for either cremation or burial. Copies of the death certificate may be obtained from the Registrar for Insurance purposes, probate, friendly societies and private pension schemes.

Further copies may be obtained for claiming on the following:

  1. Trustee Savings Bank
  2. Banks
  3. Post Office Savings Account
  4. National Savings Certificates
  5. Premium Bonds, etc.

*In the event of a death being referred to a Coroner the procedure will be different in terms of the certification issued.