Registering a death

It's a difficult time for everyone when a death occurs. We're here to help and to make the process of registering the death as simple and easy as possible.

When to register a death

You must register a death within 5 days (unless a coroner is conducting an investigation). You'll need to make an appointment with us to register the death.

If you decide to register at a register office outside Southwark, you'll need to make a declaration. To do this you must produce a medical certificate indicating the cause of death.

The death certificate is issued by post and this could cause you delay in making the funeral arrangements. If you make your declaration by post, it's important to remember that you'll have to include the fees for the certificates.

Who can register a death

This can be done by:

  • a relative of the deceased
  • any adult who was present at the death
  • the person who instructs the undertaker about the funeral

Information needed at the time of registration

You must provide the following information:

  • medical certificate of death issued by a doctor, unless a coroner is involved
  • when and where the death happened
  • the full name and usual address of the deceased person
  • the person's maiden name (in the case of a married woman)
  • the deceased person's date and place of birth
  • the deceased person's occupation
  • if the deceased person was a married woman or a widow, her husband's name and occupation
  • whether the person had a pension or allowance from government funds (eg disability or war pension)
  • if the deceased person was married, the date of birth of the surviving widower or widow
  • the deceased's medical card should be handed to the registrar

We use the information you provide to produce the death certificate, compile statistics of deaths in Southwark and forward pension details to other agencies.

Cost

There's no charge for registering a death.

The Registrar will issue you with the Social Security notification form and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Form), all free of charge, for use by the undertaker and for the Department of Social Security.

At the time of registration you can purchase a death certificate for £4 (fees for copies of a certificate at a later date may vary).

Get a copy of a death certificate

You can obtain a copy of a death certificate online.

Page last updated: 26 July 2017