When someone dies in England or Wales the death needs to be registered within five days at the register office for the district in which it happened. You can go to a different office if it is more convenient, but the process will take a day or two longer because the Registrar will need to forward your information to the original district where the Registrar will issue and send out the death certificate and other paperwork. You can obtain the address of the local Register Office or Registrar, by visiting The General Register Office.
The Registrar will ask for certain details including:
- the deceased’s birth certificate and marriage certificate (if available)
- the medical certificate
- the deceased’s NHS medical card
- any documents relating to the receipt of a pension allowance from government funds (Scotland only).
The Registrar will then register the death, issue the death certificate and provide the Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) which enables us to proceed.
The Next of Kin will or executors will need a death certificate if they have to deal with social security or pension claims, insurance policies, savings accounts or Premium Bonds and also for the Will.
You can buy extra death certificates – these will be needed for the Will and any claims to pensions, savings, etc. It’s best to pay for several copies, as copies required at a later date maybe more expensive. Ordinary photocopies aren’t accepted by some organisations, such as banks or life insurance companies.