What is the process for Registering a Death?
10 May 2019 by Jane Golding
As a Probate Executive with Fisher Jones Greenwood it is part of my role to know how to register a death; however…if I was to rewind 10 years, if someone asked me then how to register a death, I would not have been able to confirm with confidence the correct procedures.
I have listed below the most common questions asked:
Q. Can you register a death without a medical certificate?
A. A death should be registered within five days but registration can be delayed for another nine days if the registrar is told that a medical certificate has not been issued. If the death has been reported to the coroner you cannot register it until the coroner’s investigations are concluded.
Q. What information do I need to register a death?
A. Full name of the deceased including maiden name or any former married names by which the deceased was known. You will also need the address where the deceased resided. When and where the deceased was born, date of death, date of birth, details of their wife/husband/civil partner, whether they had any government pension or benefits; as well as details of their profession.
Q. Do I need to take any documents with me?
A. Whilst it is not essential, you should also take supporting documents that show your name and address; however, a death can still be registered without them.
Q. How long will it take to register a death?
A. The process takes approximately 30 minutes. If the “Tell us Once Service” is offered then this may extend the appointment by 15 minutes.
Q. How much do the Certificates cost?
A. Each Death Certificate issued will incur the fee of £11.
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