When somebody dies, you normally need to register their death within five days. When you’re trying to cope with the loss of the person you cared for, this can seem a hard thing to do. But knowing how to do it and where to get more information can help.
The death has to be registered at a register office, preferably, in the area where the deceased died. An appointment is necessary. For a death in Worcestershire, telephone 08456032859 or you can do it online, just Google, Worcestershire Registration Services. Please only make an appointment when you have the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death in your procession or know that it has been issued.
Who can Register a Death
- A relative of the deceased present at death.
- A relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness.
- A relative of the deceased residing or being in the same sub district.
- A person present at death.
The Registrar will require the informant to give them:
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, issued by the doctor treating the patient during their last illness.
- The deceased’s medical card, kept by families not doctors.
- Details concerning the deceased, a birth certificate is helpful but not essential.
The date and place of death.
Full name of the deceased and maiden name if a married woman.
Date and place of birth.
Occupation, and if the deceased was a married woman or widow, the name and occupation of her husband.
Usual address of the deceased.
Whether in receipt of any pension or allowance from public funds.
If married, date of birth of surviving widow or widower.
Name of informant, qualification and usual address.
Unnatural or Sudden Death
In this case it is better to consult with us as soon as possible for guidance, as the coroner will probably be involved and extra time may be needed before the funeral can take place. Where a coroner is involved the certificates below may differ.
The Registrar will then issue you with:
- The Registrar’s Certificate of Burial or Cremation (this is often referred to as a green certificate), please give this to the funeral director as soon as possible.
- A Certificate of Registration of Death (known as a B.D.8) this is for Department of Work and Pensions purposes.
- A Certified Copy of Entry into the Register, (commonly known as the death certificate) this is what is needed for banks, building societies, etc. NOTE: A fee has to be paid to the registrar for every copy that is issued and is currently £4.00 per copy (2013)
The registrar will offer for you to use the ‘Tell Us Once’ service which can be beneficial to you in many ways, more details about this service can be found in the above tab under helpful information > registration > tell us once.
For further information or to discuss any queries about registration please contact us on 01386 552141.