Register a death
In England and Wales a death should be registered within five days of its occurrence, and in the district in which it occurred.
We'll always be sensitive to the needs of grieving families, but the law does require all deaths to be registered within five days. You'll need to come in to your local registration service point to register the death. To make this process more straightforward for you, we offer an online booking service.Register a death online »
If a death has been reported to the coroner for any reason, you can't register the death until the authorisation of the coroner has been received by the registrar. Sometimes this may take longer than five days, and isn't something that can be helped.
If the death of your relative has been referred by the coroner for inquest, you won't register the death at all; it will be done by the coroner once the inquest has concluded. Soon after the death has occurred the coroner will issue you with an interim certificate of death, which you can use to deal with the estate of the deceased.
If, for some reason, it's not possible to attend a register office in the district in which the death occurred, it's possible to attend at any register office to give the information required. However, you should speak to the registrars in the district in which the death occurred so that they can make arrangements to transfer any paperwork to the office at which you'll be attending. Please be aware that registering in this manner may cause delays to any funeral arrangements as this service relies on the postal service.