Documents you may need when registering the death
As well as the medical certificate outlining the cause of death, you may also need the following where applicable and available:
• Birth certificate
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
• NHS Medical Card
You will also need to tell the registrar:
• The person’s full name at time of death
• Any names previously used, including maiden surname
• The person’s date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
• Their last address
• Their occupation
• The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner
• If the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or any other state benefit
An appointment is necessary for the registrar’s office. The appointment will normally last 30 minutes. Once the registration is completed the Registrar will issue you with the following, if a post-mortem is not being held:
• a certificate for burial or cremation (called the 'green form'), giving permission for the body to be buried or to apply for the body to be cremated
• The death certificate – a certified copy of the entry in the official registry of death.
• a certificate of registration of death (form BD8), issued for social security purposes if the person was on a state pension or benefits
The Death Certificate
The registrar can issue you with additional copies of the death certificate, but there will be a fee for each one.
You will need original copies of the death certificate for any pension claims, insurance policies, savings bank certificates and premium bonds etc.
It is advisable to purchase a number of copies of the death certificate at the initial appointment, as most companies will want an original copy rather than a photocopy.
The price of the certificate will vary from the different registrar’s offices, but will usually be under £5.00 per copy