Registering a Death - Rowlands Funeral Services
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Registering a Death

Who can register a death?


The following persons may act as Informant, when registering:


  • A relative of the deceased present at the death.
  • A relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness.
  • A relative of the deceased residing or being in the district where the death occurred.
  • A person present at the death.
  • The person making arrangements with the funeral director (eg. person responsible for payment of the funeral expenses).


Funeral Directors are NOT allowed to register a death.

How to Register a Death


When a person passes away, a doctor will issue:


  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, more commonly known as the Death Certificate.
  • When you have the Death Certificate, make an appointment at the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred.
  • To register a death, you will need to take the Death Certificate as well as a Birth Certificate, Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate and the deceased’s NHS medical card, if they are to hand.
  • If the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or benefits, it is useful to have their National Insurance number available.

The Registrar will need to know


The Registrar will need to know:


  • The full name of the deceased at the time of death, any previous names including maiden names.
  • The date and place of birth.
  • Last address and their occupation.
  • If there is a surviving spouse, late spouse or civil partner, the Registrar will need to know their full name, date of birth, occupation and if they were receiving a state pension or state benefit.
  • The Registrar will then issue a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (usually called the ‘Green Form’ due to its colour) which gives permission for burial or an application for cremation. The Registrar will also issue a Certificate of Registration of Death (Death Certificate) which is required for legal purposes and, if the deceased was in receipt of a state pension or benefits. Copies can then be used to apply for probate, close bank accounts, claim on insurance policies and to close an estate. There is a fee of £4 for each copy.