About Death Registration

More about Death Registration from www.direct.gov.

In England and Wales, you normally need to register the death within five days. It’s best to go to the register office in the area where the person died, as otherwise it may take longer to get the documents you need and this could delay the funeral. It will take about half an hour to register the death.

To find out which Register Office you need to go to, for the area in which the person died, please go to this Government website www.gov.uk/register-offices.

Who can register a death

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by a relative, or someone present at the death, or an occupant of the house, or an official from the hospital, or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

Documents and information you will need

When registering a death, you’ll need to take the Medical Cause of Death Certificate (issued by a doctor) and, if available – the birth certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate, NHS Medical Card.


You’ll need to tell the registrar the person’s full name at time of death, any names previously used, including maiden surname, the person’s date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad), their last address, their occupation, the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner and if they were getting a state pension or any other state benefit.

Documents and help you will receive

If a post-mortem is not being held, the registrar will give you:

•  a certificate for burial or cremation (called the ‘green form’), giving permission for the body to be buried, or to apply for the body to be cremated a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8), issued for social security purposes if the person was on a state pension or benefits (read the information on the back, complete and return it, if it applies) You’ll be able to buy one or more Certified Copies of Death Registration at this time (usually £4 each). These will be needed by an executor or administrator when sorting out the person’s affairs.  It is best to get more than you think you need at the time.

The Registrar will also give you a booklet called “What to do after a death”, with advice on wills, funerals and financial help. You can download a copy from www.direct.gov.uk.

You may need to tell a number of different government departments and agencies about the death. The registrar can advise you on how to go about this. Some local authorities have started offering a new service to help you report a death, and the registrar will let you know if it’s available in your area.


Redbridge Register Office
Appointments Direct line: 020 8708 7123;
or London Borough of Redbridge: 020 8554 5000
Redbridge (Ilford) Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages-and-citizenship/register-a-death/

Brentwood District Register Office
Appointments Direct line: 01277 233565;
or Essex County Council: 0845 603 7632
1/2 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4JG


London Borough of Havering
Queens Hospital deaths – Registrar usually available on site with appointment

Non-hospital deaths – Please follow this link to book an appointment with the Registrar on site at South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey RM14 2UY https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Registering-a-death.aspx
Directly for urgent registrations: 01708 433481;
or London Borough of Havering: 01708 434343

Epping Forest Register Office
Direct line: 01992 572788; or Essex County Council: 0845 603 7632
Saint John’s Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5DN


Waltham Forest Register Office
Whipps Cross Hospital direct line: 020 8496 2716;
or London Borough of Waltham Forest direct line : 020 8496 3000
106 Grove Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9BY
Appointments also online at www.walthamforest.gov.uk

Barking and Dagenham Register Office
Direct line: 020 8270 4744
Appointments not currently necessary
but telephone to check opening times for
Arden House, 198 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8SY

City of London Register Office
Tel: 020 7600 4977
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Pathology Block Room 36 – 37
London EC1A 7BE

Harlow Register Office
Contact: 0845 603 7632
The Water Gardens, College Square,
Harlow, Essex, CM20 1AG
Open details: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


Tower Hamlets Register Office
Tel: 020 7364 7880
Bromley Public Hall, Bow Road, London E3 3AA
No need to make appointments – closed for lunch.
For London Chest and Royal London Hospitals call directly.

Basildon Register Office
Tel: 01277 233565 or 221155
Basildon Centre St Martins Square Basildon SS14 1DL
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm 0845 603 7632


Chelmsford Register Office
0845 603 7632 Tel: 01245 430700
17 Market Road Chelmsford Essex, CM1 1GF
Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm Saturday: 9.30am–11.15am


Billericay Register Office
Tel: 01277 233565/221155, 0845 603 7632
Burghstead Lodge 143 High Street Billericay,
CM12 9AB Tuesday: 9am – 5pm



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