How to Register a Death

Alfred Smith Funeral Director and Monumental Mason can help families to register a death in Rose Hill, Streatham and surrounding areas

Usually it is a family member that will register the death. However, if a relative is not available the law allows certain other people to register:

  • Someone present at death
  • Someone who lived in the house where the person died
  • The person responsible for making funeral arrangements i.e. executor
  • A responsible person from the hospital or home where the person died

When a death occurs it must be registered within 5 days and at the registrar for the area in which the death took place.

The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the hospital or GP if the person died at home or in private residential care. If the coroner is involved, he will issue the form for registration and send it to the register office once a post mortem has taken place.

  • The date and place of death
  • The NHS number of the person that has died
  • The full name of the person that has died
  • Any other names the person may have been known by, for example if the person has changed their name by deed poll
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their occupation and whether they were retired
  • Their usual address
  • Their surname before marriage or civil partnership
  • The full name and occupation of the wife, husband or civil partner

You will also need to give your full name and address and state your relationship to the deceased.

  • A green form to be given to the funeral director allowing the funeral to proceed
  • A white form (BD8) to be sent to the Dept of Work and Pensions giving details of pension or benefits
  • A death certificate, there will be a minimal charge for this 

If you have any queries about the process of registering a death, please contact us