Register a death
1. Registering a death
This 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. Please read the following information then you can book an appointment online by using the green button below.
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 register a death which took place outside Buckinghamshire by making a 'declaration’ at any register office. This means that we will take all your details, plus your payment, and send them to the relevant register office. 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 you attend and, we will not hold any records or be able to provide any copies of death certificates, either at the time of the declaration or in the future.
If you do decide to register a death in this way, please call us on 01296 383005. This is so that we can obtain any paperwork necessary, for instance, a medical certificate or information issued by the 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.
- 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). Please note that you must have the MCCD from the doctor before booking your appointment
- 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 do not speak or understand English, please bring someone who can translate for you.
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 101 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 free service which can help with this.
Last updated: 3 September 2019