Registering a death

Registering a death

P_38_Candles--JPG (200x0).jpgThis page will help you with the legal procedures at this time of loss.

You must 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 book an appointment to register a death.

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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.

Coroner

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

Your appointment

Please bring:
  • 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
  • Probate
  • Company pensions

If you do not speak or understand English, please bring someone who can translate for you.

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Emergencies

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. 

More information about Tell Us Once