How to Register a Death

Registering a death

When a death occurs, it is a difficult time for everyone. We are here to help you and make the process of registering the death as simple and easy as possible.There are 3 things you must do in the first few days after someone dies.

  • Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.
  • Register the death within 5 days.
  • Arrange the funeral – you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself.

Registering a death with the registrar

  • You must book an appointment to register a death.
  • You must have a medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor to book an appointment to register the death.
  • If the death has been Reported to a coroner, they will inform you when you are able to make an appointment to register the death.
  • If you are registering a death which occurred outside Kirklees the registrar will send the details to the district where it occurred. They are responsible for issuing a death certificate and paperwork for the funeral.

Who should register the death?

A relative should register the death.

If a relative can’t register the death, you can do it if you:

  • were there at the time of death
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements


At present, there is no charge for the death registration itself. If you require death certificates, any number of these may be purchased on the day of registration for a cost of £4 each. The cost of certificates purchased after the day of registration increase as the register is completed and archived.

What the registrar needs to know

  • the person’s full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • the person’s date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

How to book an appointment

You can usually call the relevant register office.

What you should take to the appointment

  • Medical certificate of death issued by a doctor, unless a coroner has advised you that one isn’t needed
  • You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.

If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:

  • birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • medical card, (NHS Card)
  • passport
  • a document with the person’s usual address.

Please note that you are not legally required to bring these documents but if you do, they can help to ensure that the registration is completed accurately.

When you register a death you’ll get:

  • a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) gives permission for burial or an application for cremation. It should be taken to the funeral director so that the funeral can be held;
  • give you a Certificate of Registration of Death (BD8) – this is for Social Security purposes only. If you are using the Tell us once service your Pension Centre will be informed automatically. If not, you will need to use this form to notify them of a change in circumstances.

You can buy extra death certificates – these will be needed for Sorting out the person’s affairs. Remember if you need further assistance, you can contact one of our volunteers on our contacts page.