To register a death, call us on 0300 123 4045.
During the Coronavirus period, we'll only be registering deaths over the phone. Our register offices are closed.
When and how to register a death
If a Coroner isn't involved, a death needs to be registered with the Registrar within 5 days.
Call us on 0300 123 4045.
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
- Funeral Director
How much registering a death costs
There's no fee for registering a death. You can buy as many standard death certificates as you require for £11 each after you have registered the death.
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.
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.