Death Registration

 

When must a death be registered?
How do I register a death?
Who can register a death?
What documents do I need to take to my appointment with the Registrar / What will the Registrar ask?
Do I need copies of the death certificate?
Will I be given any documents at the end of the registration?
What will it cost?
Can I register at any Register Office?
Is the procedure for registering a death different if there is an inquest? 
Can I get help in an emergency?
When can I make the funeral arrangements?
What if I cannot speak or understand English?
How do I get a copy of a death certificate after registration?
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When must a death be registered?

A death must be registered within five days unless the Coroner is investigating.

Please find information of registering a still birth.

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How do I register a death?

You can register a death by appointment only.

You can book an appointment online using the Registration Services online booking system by clicking the link below or alternatively you can call 01908 372101 between 9am and 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.  

You will need to have a credit or debit card to hand when booking your appointment in order to pay for any copy death certificates you wish to purchase.

Book a death registration appointment

Please note, you will need to be in possession of the Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) prior to making the appointment.  If the Coroner has been informed of the death we will also need to have received their approval and paperwork before we can make an appointment. 

If a post mortem is being undertaken by the Coroner you will not be provided with an MCCD but we will need paperwork from the Coroner before a registration can be undertaken.  Please wait until the Coroner's office has given you the go ahead before booking an appointment.

We are unable to register a death without the appropriate medical or Coroner's paperwork.  Therefore, if you book an appointment and do not have the required paperwork we will not be able to register the death and you will need to make another appointment when the paperwork has been received.

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Who can register a death?

A relative must register the death.  A relative being a person related to the deceased by marriage, civil partnership or by legal adoption.  Unfortunately an unmarried partner is not recognised as a relative.   

If there are no relatives, you can only register if:

  • you were there at the time of death; or
  • you are an administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital) or you live at the place where the person died; or
  • you are in charge of making funeral arrangements

You can bring a friend or relative with you when you see the Registrar.

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What documents do I need to take to my appointment with the Registrar / What will the Registrar ask?

From the doctor / hospital: 

  • the Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) issued by the certifying doctor (unless a post mortem was held)
  • if the death was referred to the Coroner we will also require paperwork from them, they will send this to us directly

Note: if an inquest was held you do not need to attend an appointment with us

For the deceased:

  • Their full name, including any maiden or other names they have used
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their last job title
  • Their usual address
  • If they were married or in a civil partnership, the full name, date of birth and last job title of their spouse
  • Their National Health Service (NHS) number if you have this

If you could bring any documents that you can easily locate to show the above, for example passport, driver's licence, birth or marriage certificates, bank or utility bills that would be helpful as this helps to ensure that we have all of the correct information. 

For the relative registering the death:

  • Passport or driving licence
  • Proof of address (council tax or utility bill)

This information provided will then be entered into a computer system.  Once complete you will be asked to check everything carefully before signing the register page.  

Please note: It is your responsibility to make sure that all of the information is correct before signing the register page as this is a legal document.  It is important that you thoroughly check all of the information paying careful attention to the spelling of names and places as well as dates. If, after signing the document, you subsequently notice anything wrong then you will need to pay a fee for the consideration of a correction, the vast majority of these require the authority of the Registrar General which can often take some time.

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Do I need copies of the death certificate?

You may need copies of the death certificate for:

  • Dealing with the will;
  • Bank and building society accounts;
  • Insurance companies; and
  • Tax rebates

You can purchase any certificate you require when you make your booking or alternatively they can be purchased during the appointment.  Please ensure you have a debit or credit card in order to make your purchase. 

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Will I be given any documents at the end of the registration?

The Registrar will give you a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the "green" form) which allows you to make arrangements for the burial or cremation. 

If you have purchased any copy certificates these will also be available for you to take at the end of the appointment.

You will also be given a unique reference number to access the Tell Us Once service.

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What will it cost?

Registering the death, the document allowing you to arrange the burial or cremation (the "green" form), and the Department of Work and Pensions certificate are free. 

There is a fee for copies of death certificates.  You can purchase up to 10 copies at the time of booking your appointment.  If you need more than 10, you can purchase these at your appointment, please bring a credit or debit card with you. 

The fee is set by Parliament and is regularly reviewed.

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Can I register at any Register Office?

If it is difficult for you to visit our office, you can go to any register office in England or Wales to give the details needed to register a death.  You can then call us on 01908 372101 and pay by credit or debit card for any certificates you wish to purchase as these will not be issued by the Register Office where you gave the declaration.   

The details will then be sent to us via Royal Mail and once we receive these, from the other register office, we will then register the death and post the certificates you have purchased to you. 

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Is the procedure for registering a death different if there is an inquest?

Yes, the Coroner’s Officer will help you through this process, but if an inquest has taken place we will register the death using the paperwork issued to us by the Coroner's Office.  You can then purchase copies of the certificates via our online copy certificate system or by calling 01908 372101. 

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Can I get help in an emergency?

If you need emergency help outside of our normal office hours, the Coroner’s Officer or Hospital Bereavement Officer will be able to help you.  You can contact the Coroner’s Officer by phoning the police control room on 101, and ask for HBI or the Duty Inspector, or the Duty Officer at the hospital by phoning 01908 660033.

We cannot guarantee we will be able to support any out of hours requests.

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When can I make the funeral arrangements?

You can make preliminary arrangements but these cannot be confirmed until after the death has been registered. We will ask if the deceased is to be buried or cremated and who will be dealing with the funeral arrangements and this will be included on the paperwork we issue.

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What if I cannot speak or understand English?

If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you register, you can ask a friend or relative to come with you.

Alternatively, Milton Keynes Council has a language service providing Interpreting and Translation Services for those who need additional support.  A fee is chargeable for this service.

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How do I get a copy of a death certificate after registration?

If the death occurred within the Milton Keynes Registration Districtand has been registered already, the quickest way to get copy certificates is to apply online using a credit or debit card, or alternatively you can call 01908 372101 to order and pay for any certificates you wish to purchase.

Order a copy certificate

If the death occurred in another District you will need to contact the district where the death occurred in order to purchase any further copy certificates

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Tell Us Once

Find out how this Department of Work and Pensions service can help you. You might find the "When someone has died" checklist useful too.

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Last Updated: 6 September 2019