A death should normally be registered within five days, unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death. A death cannot be registered until a medical certificate of the cause of death has been issued. This may be issued by the family doctor, the hospital doctor via the Patient Affairs Officer. In cases where it is necessary to have a post-mortem, the coroner’s officer will contact you to tell you that you are able to arrange an appointment with the Register Office to register the death. In some cases after post-mortem the Coroner can initiate an inquest into the death if the cause of the death is found not to be by natural causes or is a sudden unexpected death.
Once you have registered the death, you can use our Tell Us Once service to notify other agencies/departments.
To register a death, you must contact the register office in the district where the death occurred to make an appointment.
If it is more convenient, you are able to make a death declaration at any register office in England and Wales. The register office will complete the declaration and then send the documents to the register office in the district where the death occurred. You would therefore have to wait for the required forms to be issued by the registration district after receipt of the declaration, which could cause delay in dealing with the deceased’s funeral arrangements and their estate.
Once the registration has been completed, the registrar will ask you to check that all the details in the registration are correct before signing the registration.
You should check the information very carefully before signing.
The registrar will issue you with "a green form" which will allow you to arrange the cremation / burial and a form for Social Security purposes (BD8). There are no charges for either form.
If a coroner is involved and you wish a cremation, the "green form" is not issued as this is dealt with by the coroner.
At the time of registration each copy of the registration entry (death certificate) can be purchased at a cost of £4 each.
Further copies of certificates can always be obtained at a later date if required.
Payment for certificates can be made by either cash or credit / debit card
If you have a medical certificate and it is for religious reasons, then the funeral director will normally liaise with Slough Crematorium and the Register Office.