Register a death

You can register a death by visiting any Registrar's Office.

If you use the office that's local to where the person has died, you'll be given the documents needed for the funeral during your appointment. Otherwise, it may take a few days for these to be issued.

Click here to find your local Registrar's Office and if you'd like support, we can accompany you to your appointment. We can start making arrangements and giving you advice before the death is formally registered.

Who can register a death?

Usually, a relative of the person who has died will register the death. If no relatives are available, then the death can be registered by:

  • Anyone who was present at the death
  • An occupant of the house where the death occurred
  • The person who's taking responsibility for arranging the funeral

What you'll need to give to the Registrar

The Registrar will need to know some things about the person who has died:

  • The date and place of their birth
  • Their full name
  • The date and location of death
  • Their occupation
  • Their home address
  • If they had a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If they were married or in a civil partnership

The Registrar will also need to see their Medical Certificate of Cause of Death

It may also be useful to take the person's:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • Marriage Certificate (if they were married)
  • NHS medical card (if you have it)
  • Proof of address

What the Registrar will do

They’ll issue a green Certificate for Burial or Cremation, or in Scotland, a white certificate of registration of death. We’ll need to see these documents. Additional certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained from the Registrar for a small charge (these may be needed for legal or financial purposes).

Registering a death might work a bit differently if the Coroner or Procurator Fiscal is looking into the death. If this happens we can talk to you about it and give you advice.