Register Office Services during coronavirus

Visit our frequently asked questions page for information about how Registry Office services are affected by the pandemic.

Cemeteries update

In line with updated guidance from national government, our cemeteries are open to the public from 25 April in order to allow those who have lost loved ones to pay their respects, with some restrictions in opening hours when funerals are taking place. You can find details on individual cemetery opening times on the pages in this section.

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 as 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.

The Hospitals, GPs and informants will be expected to scan a copy of the relevant paperwork to MCCD@southwark.gov.uk

From Friday 25 march 2022 the easements in the Coronavirus Act 2020 comes to an end and deaths will legally only be registeres in a face to face appoinment at the regitration office.

You are encouraged to wear a face covering during your appointment unless you are exempt. 

Who can register a death?

This can be done by:

  • a relative of the deceased, including a wife/husband or civil partner
  • any adult who was present at the death
  • the person who is giving instructions to the funeral director to bury or cremate. 
  • a matron or manager of an institution, responsible for the client and who knew the cirumstances of the death (for deaths within a hospital or public institution) 

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

To register a death please book an appointment online

The following information you are about to submit is intended to ensure that all the appropriate information is collected to complete the death registration.  Please complete with accuracy.

Cost

There's no charge for registering a death.

Certificates can be applied for online when booking the appointment or at the office when you attend the appointment.

The cost of each certificate is £11.

Book an appointment to register a death

Page last updated: 25 March 2022

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