Registering the death during Covid-19 restrictions

When someone dies, there are many decisions to be made at a difficult time.

To help, we have put together a short checklist.

Registering the death during Covid-19 restrictions

Deaths are being registered by telephone; you must not visit the registrar’s office in person.  The medical certificate cause of death will be sent electronically and directly to the registrar.

Within the first five days, the death needs to be registered by the next of kin or the person organising the funeral.  To do this, you will need to make a telephone appointment at the local register office details of which can be found here: .

You will be asked for the following information about the person who has died:


  • their full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, e.g. maiden name
  • their date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

When the death is registered, the registrar will:

  • send a green form (Certificate for Burial or Cremation) direct to the funeral director and chosen crematorium or burial authority giving permission for the body to be buried or cremated.
  • post death certificate(s) to you.  We recommend that you obtain five to ten copies of the death certificate.  The cost is £11.00 per copy.  These are required to deal with the estate.
  • post the certificate of notification or registration of death (white form) to you.
  • give you a unique reference number to use the ‘Tell us Once’ service online or by telephone.

For help, call our Wealth Preservation enquiry line on +44 (0)203 691 2080.

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