Register a death

A death should normally be registered within 5 calendar days.

You can register a death if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased
  • a person who was present at the death
  • a person who lives in the house where the person died
  • an administrator from the hospital where the person died
  • a person arranging the funeral with the funeral director

You will need to make an appointment to register a death:

Make an appointment

If you are not able to make an appointment online, please contact Northamptonshire Registration Service.

The appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.

You will need to tell the registrar:

  • the date and place of death
  • the full name that the person who died was using at the time of their death and details of any other names they might have been known by
  • the date and place of birth
  • their occupation and whether or not they were retired
  • their current home address
  • if the person who died was a married woman or widow, her maiden surname (what her surname was before she was married) and the full name and occupation of her husband.
  • in the case of a man, the name and occupation of his wife.
  • in the case of a couple who have registered their civil partnership, the partner's name and occupation.
  • your full name and address and your relationship to the person who has died.

You will also be asked the following information for government statistics:

  • was the person who died single, married, widowed, divorced, a civil partner, surviving civil partner or former civil partner?
  • is their spouse or civil partner still alive? If so, what is their date of birth?
  • how long did they stay in hospital or in another establishment (a hospice for example)?
  • was the person under 75?
  • what industry did they work in and what position did they hold?
  • did they get a pension paid from government funds? This includes the civil service, teachers, armed forces and war widows. This does not include the state pension or pension credits.
  • the person's NHS number found on their medical card (if available).

You will need to sign the completed register entry to confirm that all the information is correct.

There is no charge for registering a death.

  • ​the medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor. If there has been a post mortem, the coroner will send this directly to the registrar
  • birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates if these are available
  • disabled parking 'Blue Badge' and concessionary bus pass if applicable
  • a method of payment for copies of the death certificate – credit or debit card (preferred), cash or cheque book.

The accuracy of the registration can be improved by bringing some extra identification documents with you. This might be a passport or driving licence.

​If the death happened in Northamptonshire but you can't attend an appointment here, then you can give the details to any registrar in England and Wales. The details will be sent to Northamptonshire Registration Service, who will register the death. This is called registration by declaration.

Deaths reported to the coroner

Some deaths have to be reported to the coroner before the death can be registered at the registration office and before the document allowing the funeral to go ahead can be issued.

Tell Us Once service

Tell Us Once is a government service that will help you with your recent bereavement.

It allows you to inform all relevant central and local government departments about the person who has died by phone or online.

Further information

GOV.UK - Deaths and bereavement

GOV.UK - Wills, probate and inheritance   

Coroners Society of England and Wales

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