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Registering a death

11 February 2019

All deaths should be registered within five days unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death.

You can book an appointment online or by contacting us on 0345 603 7632.




Who can register a death?

  • A relative

  • A person present at the death

  • A person responsible for the funeral

  • A responsible person from the hospital or home where the person died

  • Someone who lives in the house where the person died

How much does it cost?

We are experiencing technical difficulties with card payments at some registration locations. Please be aware you may be required to pay by cash or cheque.

A death certificate costs £11.

What is the information you need to provide?

  • Medical certificate of cause of death

  • Date and place of death

  • Full names of the deceased at the time of death and any other names which may have been used

  • Usual home address and postcode

  • Date of birth of the deceased

  • The maiden surname, if the person who died was a married woman or widow

  • Occupation of the deceased

  • The full name and occupation of the spouse

  • Either the National Health Service Number, if known, or the medical card

  • Details of any pension or allowance from public funds

It would also help the registrar if you could bring the birth certificate for the deceased.

The registrar will give you:

  • a form to be given to the funeral director

  • a form to be completed and sent by you, with any benefit or pension details, to the Department of Work and Pensions.

You can also obtain certified copies of the death certificate at the time of registration. You will need to produce the death certificate when dealing with the finances of the person who has died (for example banks, building societies and insurance companies).

What if death happened outside of Essex?

You can register the details by declaration at your local registration office. The registrar will send the information to the appropriate registration office where the death will be registered.

You will not receive any paperwork at the time of making the declaration; this is issued and sent from the office where the registration takes place. This will cause a delay in the registration process of up to five working days.

Organisations you need to contact

'Tell us Once' is a service delivered by Essex County Council on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions to report bereavements to government organisations and local council services.

Essex only capture the information. Following the death registration, you will be given a letter with a unique reference number and instructions to access the service online or by telephone.

Additional information

There are many decisions and arrangements to be made after someone has died. A helpful guide to assist you is available from GOV.UK.