Registering a death

 

When must the 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 information will the Registrar ask for?
Will I be given any documents at the end of the registration?
Do I need copies of the death certificate?
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 the death be registered?

By law you must register a death that occurred within Milton Keynes 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.

We are unable to register a death without the appropriate medical or Coroners paperwork.

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Who can register a death?

A relative should register the death.

If there are no relatives, you can do it if you:

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

You will need to bring: 

  • the Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) issued by the certifying doctor
  • if the death was referred to the Coroner we will also require paperwork from them, they will send this to us directly
  • Note: if a post mortem was held we will not require the MCCD from you; if an inquest was held you do not need to attend an appointment with us

For the deceased - something to show:

  • The full name, and any maiden names, of the person who has died
  • Their name before they were married, if this was different
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their job and, if they were a married or in a civil partnership, the full name and job of their spouse or civil partner
  • Their usual address
  • The date of birth of their husband, wife or civil partner, if applicable
  • Their National Health Service medical card, if you have this
  • Details of any government pensions

A passport, driving licence, birth and marriage certificates, bank or utility bills should be supplied where available. 

For the person registering the death:

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

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What information will the Registrar ask for?

When you arrive we will ask you for the Medical Certificate Cause of Death so that we can check it for completeness and accuracy before proceeding.

We will ask if the deceased is to be buried or cremated and who will be dealing with the funeral arrangements.  

At the registration we will ask:

  • The date and place of death
  • The full name of the person who has died
  • Their name before they were married, if this was different
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their job and, if they were a married or in a civil partnership, the full name and job of their spouse or civil partner
  • Their usual address
  • The date of birth of their husband, wife or civil partner, if applicable
  • Their National Health Service Medical card, if you have this.

This information will be entered into a computer file and you will be asked to check everything carefully before signing the register.  Please do check this thoroughly as if anything is incorrect at this stage it can be changed very easily.  After the register has been signed it can be very difficult and time consuming to change anything.

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

The Registrar will give you a form which allows you to make arrangements for the burial or cremation. 

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

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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

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What will it cost?

Registering the death, the document allowing you to arrange the burial or cremation, and the Social Security 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 for copy certificates increases after the appointment so please consider how many you may need at the time of booking.

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 and pay for any certificates with a postal order.  

These 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.

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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.

Milton Keynes Council also has a Community language service providing translators for those who need additional support.

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

If the death occurred in Milton Keynes and has been registered already, the quickest way to get copy certificates is to apply online using a credit or debit card.

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: 20 November 2017