Register a death

What to bring to register a death

You need to register the death at a face-to-face appointment at the register office.

You will need to bring:

  • the medical certificate of cause of death
  • the person’s NHS number
  • the person’s birth certificate, if possible

The registrar will ask for the person's:

  • date and place of death
  • full name (and any other names they used or maiden name)
  • home address and postcode
  • date and place of birth
  • last job
  • details of pensions or allowances they received
  • their spouse’s full name and job

Once this is done, the registrar will give you:

  • the ‘green form’, which you will need to plan the burial or cremation
  • a form to be sent to the Department of Work and Pensions

There’s no fee for registering the death.

When you book your appointment you can pay for death certificates in advance to save time. You will need these to deal with the person’s finances and estate.

Once you have registered the death, any certificates you've paid for will be issued to you.

If you've not paid for any certificates in advance, you can order certificates online from the Essex Records Office website. You will have to pay for postage.

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