Registering a Death

Notifying the Authorities

The first step is to register the death at a Registrars Office, this must be done within five days and can only be done once the Confirmatory Medical Certifiate of Cause of Death has been issued you will need the following information.

  • Confirmatory Medical Certificate of Cause of Death Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • NHS Medical Card
  • The deceased’s full name and any previous names used
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The details of a surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were receiving any state benefits

If there is no post-mortem being held, the register office will supply you with

  • Certified Copy of Entry of Death (The Death Certificate)
  • Certificate for Burial / Cremation (BD8) that should be Handed to the Funeral Director)
  • Social Security Certificate (For the Local Department of Works and Pensions – DWP)
  • Advice leaflets with additional information

Please note: A nominal fee will be charged for the certified copy of entry of death. Financial institutions such as Banks, Building Society’s or Insurers will require offiicial copies of this document, which you can obtain when registering. It is usually cheaper to obtain them at this point and payment for such extra copies can be made by cash or cheque.

Registration Sub District Offices

Barking and Dagenham Registrar
  • Woodlands House, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7ER

  • 020 8270 4743

Bow Registrar
Epping Registrar
Hackney Registrar
Havering Registrar
  • Langtons House Billet Lane Havering RM11 1XL Tel: 01708 433481

  • 01708 43348

Newham Registrar
  • East Ham Customer Service Centre 328 Barking Road East Ham London

    E6 2RT

  • 020 8430 3616

  • TheRobing Room District Council Offices Hockley Road Rayleigh SS6 2BY

  • 0845 603 7632

Redbridge Registrar
  • Queen Victoria House 794 Cranbrook Road Barkingside Ilford IG6 1JS

  • 020 8708 7160

Southend Hospital
  • The Bereavement Suite Prittlewell Chase Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0RY

  • 01702 435555

Thurrock Registrar
Waltham Forest Registrar

0207 4761855