Register a death

COVID-19 impact on this service

You should register a death within 5 days from when the person has died and it should be with the register office in the area where they died. 

To register a death complete the following steps:

1. Organise for the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) to be sent to us by email to from the doctor who has completed the certificate.

We can only accept scans from Hospitals, Doctor's Surgeries and Doctors using their secure email addresses.

2. Call us on 020 8359 6400, option 1. Our Contact Centre will arrange for one of our Registrars to call you back and complete the registration.

Following the registration, we will be emailing you a copy of the Certificate for Burial or Cremation 'Green', which will enable you to go ahead with the funeral. 

3. Once the registration has taken place, please order certificates with us online.

Out of hours for same day burials and cremations

A registrar will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 11am for same day burials and cremations only. Please call 020 8359 2000  

Registering a death during the bank holiday

On bank holidays, a registrar is on call from 9am to 11am for same day burials and cremations.

Please call 020 8359 2000 between 9am and 11am.

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