To register a death, book an appointment online with us.
When and where to register a death
If a Coroner isn't involved, a death needs to be registered with the Registrar within 5 days.
You need to register the death at a register office in the district where it took place. If it happened in Hertfordshire, you can register the death in any of the register offices in the county.
If you can't get to any of the offices in Hertfordshire, you can make a Declaration at any register office in England and Wales. The Declaration will be sent to the correct office and the death certificates and other documents will be posted to you.
Who can register the death
A death can be registered by:
- a relative of the deceased
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the house where the death took place
- the person who is arranging the funeral and instructing the Funeral Director.
Documents to bring with you
- A Medical Certificate of the Cause Death from a GP or hospital doctor.
- The deceased’s passport, birth certificate, deed poll, marriage certificate and utility bill, along with identification for the person registering, aren’t required but can help make sure the registration is accurate. The registration will still go ahead without these documents.
How long it takes to register a death
It usually takes about 30 minutes if you have all the information you need.
How much registering a death costs
There's no fee for registering a death. You can buy a standard death certificate for £4 at the time you register the death. The fees rise for certificates bought at a later date.
For any correction requested to a death certificate there will be a non-refundable fee of £75 or £90 (dependant on whether the correction can be done locally or has to be referred to the General Register Office).
We therefore request that you check the register page very carefully before signing to avoid the need to make corrections.
Documents you'll get from the Registrar
You'll be given a form to take to the Funeral Director, which gives permission for burial or cremation. You'll also get a BD8 form that you need to give to the Department of Work and Pensions.
Tell Us Once service (TUO)
Following the registration of a death several government departments and local services will need to be told.
Once the death is registered the Registrar will issue you with a TUO reference number. You can go online or call the DWP for free. On your behalf they'll tell most government and local government departments that the death has taken place.
The informant has the option of contacting the Department of Work and Pensions online or by phone on 0800 083 7308.
You have 28 days to use this service after registering the death.
If a Coroner is involved
Sometimes the Registrar has to refer the death to the Coroner so they can investigate.
The death can't be registered until the Coroner has finished their investigation. The registrar will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to register the death.
We also offer bereavement services and civil funeral services.