Registration Service update

Essex Registration Service is open, but on a restricted basis.

We’re currently only offering telephone appointments for death and stillbirth registrations.

We are deferring all appointments for:

  • registering births
  • giving notice of marriage or civil partnership

Under Government restrictions, ceremonies cannot take place.

If you have a ceremony or a birth or notice appointment booked in the next 4 weeks, we will be contacting you to discuss this.

Please see our coronavirus update page for the latest information before calling.

Register a death

What you need to register a death

You need to register the death at a phone appointment.

Before the appointment

The medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) has to be emailed to

For the appointment

You will need:

  • the person’s NHS number
  • the person’s birth certificate, if possible
  • the name, email and address of your funeral director

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:

  • send the ‘green form’ to your funeral director, (this is needed to plan the burial or cremation)
  • post you one death certificate

There’s no fee for registering the death.

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

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