We hope this information will help you with the legal procedures at this time of loss. It is a legal requirement to register a death within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating. Registering a death is free and must be registered in the district where it occurred.
You need to have an appointment to register a death.
Who can register the death?
- A relative (eg husband/wife or civil partner, brother or sister)
- A person who was present at the death
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew about it
- The person arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director)
If the death took place within Buckinghamshire
You can register at any of our registration offices. We will issue certificates and can provide further copy certificates at a later date.
If the death took place outside Buckinghamshire
You can make a 'declaration’ at any register office. The registrar taking the declaration will send it to the relevant register office, along with your payment for any certificates. Payment is posted so must be a cheque or postal order. Your certificates will be sent to you by post. This could take up to 10 days and may delay the funeral arrangements. If you make a declaration the death will not be registered at the office, we will not hold any records or be able to provide copies, either at the time of taking the details or in the future.
If the doctor has referred the death to the Coroner the Registrar will need written authorisation from the Coroner that no further investigations are necessary and the death can be registered. You will only be able to register the death once this paperwork has been received by the Registrar. Please tell us if the Coroner has been involved when you make your appointment.
More information about the Coroner
Book an appointment to register a death
Aylesbury Area 01296 382581
Appointments are available at the Buckinghamshire Register Office in central Aylesbury Monday to Friday or at the Buckingham Centre on alternate Thursdays (we cannot accept card payments at Buckingham). Map
Beaconsfield Area 01494 475200
Appointments available at:
- Beaconsfield Old Town Registration Office from Monday to Friday
- High Wycombe Library Registration Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
- Amersham, Chiltern District Council offices on Thursdays (we cannot accept card payments). Map
If you do not speak or understand English, please bring someone who can translate for you.
The appointment process
- The medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) issued by the doctor (if the doctor has advised a post mortem will be held, the paperwork needed to register the death will be issued by the Coroner directly to the Register Office).
- The deceased's medical card showing their NHS number, if available.
- To help ensure accuracy and correct spellings please bring supporting documents for the deceased eg UK passport, National Insurance number, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates and your passport, photo driving licence, proof of address eg utility bill. We can still register the death without these documents.
- Payment for any death certificates required – current fees
We will need to know:
- The deceased’s full name and surname (and any other names used)
- Maiden surname for women
- Date and place of death
- Date and place of birth
- Occupation and usual address
- The name, occupation, and date of birth of the deceased’s spouse or civil partner, if the deceased was married or in a civil partnership or widowed
We will provide:
- A green form which must be given to the funeral director to arrange the funeral (where a post mortem is held and the deceased is to be cremated, the Coroner will issue this form)
- A form BD8 for you to send to the Department of Social Security
- Death certificates
- Tell us once reference number (see below)
In some cases we may have to refer the death to the Coroner. In this case registration will have to be delayed until the Coroner has confirmed the cause of death.
You may need copies of the death certificate for:
- Dealing with the Will
- Bank and building society accounts
- Insurance companies
- Tax rebates
- Stocks, shares and premium bonds
- A solicitor
- Company pensions
If you need emergency help outside normal office hours eg if a burial has to be carried out within 24 hours for religious reasons contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 850 5505 or visit the police station in either Aylesbury or High Wycombe.
Tell us once
When someone dies it can be a stressful and upsetting time. Details of the death need to be passed to different central and local government departments eg council housing, care services, passport services and driving agencies. Tell us once is a service which can help with this.
When a death is registered you will be given a reference number which you can use to either call the national phone line or complete the process yourself on-line. You can do this up to 28 days after you have registered the death, giving you time to find the required information. You will confirm details about yourself as the informant and about the deceased, this is passed to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They then pass the information on to the people who need to know.
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