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Registering a death

A death must be registered before any funeral can take place.

Where to register a death

You must register the death within five days in the district in which it took place.

It is free to register a death. You can book an appointment online.

We also offer a limited service at weekends and on public holidays for emergency burials.

If the death happened in Newham, but you can't get to Newham Register Office, you can register the death at your local register office (as long as it is in England or Wales). However, it will take longer to issue the death certificate this way and could delay the funeral.

 

Who can register a death

This is usually done by a relative but the following people can also register a death:
  • a person present at the death
  • a person who lived at the same address - if they are aware of the death 
  • the person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director).
If English is not the first language of the person registering the death they can ask a friend or relative to come with them to the register office.
 
 

Information you must give to the registrar

The registrar will need to see the medical certificate issued by the doctor showing the cause of death. If the death has been referred to the coroner, the Coroner's Office will tell you what to do.

If available, also take the person's:
  • birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • passport
  • proof of address (such as a utility bill).
Additionally the registrar will need to know:
  • the date and place of death
  • the full name and surname of the deceased
  • the maiden surname (if applicable, and if it is different from their married name)
  • the deceased person's date and place of birth
  • the deceased person's job
  • the usual address of the deceased
  • the full name and job of her husband if the person who died was a married woman, or a widow
  • the date of birth of the surviving widow/widower if the person who died was married.

You will need to take one type of your own identification - such as a passport, Council Tax bill or driving licence - to prove your name and address.

 

Documents you will receive 

You should receive the following three documents from the registrar:
  • Death certificate
    • issued at the time - £4
    • issued at a later date - £10
  • Certificate for burial or cremation
    This will normally be passed to the funeral director. It allows the funeral to take place. If a death has been reported to the coroner, they may issue the certificate instead. 
  • Certificate for applicable Social Security benefits 
    The person registering the death will be issued this certificate so it can be sent to the Department of Social Security.

Note, we do not accept cash. You must pay for a death certificate using a credit or debit card.

 

Copy certificates

The purposes for which you may need certified copies include:
  • bank and building society accounts
  • insurance companies who have issued policies covering the deceased
  • dealing with any stocks and shares owned by the deceased
  • Probate or Letters of Administration
  • application for tax rebate, if appropriate.
You may buy certified copies of the death entry from the registrar at the time of registration or afterwards. They can be provided in printed or handwritten form.
Visit our copy certificates page for details of where to purchase copy certificates and the fees we charge. 
 
 

Book an appointment

Please be aware that if you choose to reschedule an existing appointment your original booking will be cancelled automatically.
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