Register a death
- Births, deaths, marriages and nationality
You should register the death within 5 days.
You can go to any register office, but if you use the one in the area where the person died, you’ll be given the documents you’ll need on the day.
If you use a different register office, the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person died before they’re issued to you. This means you’ll usually have to wait a few days.
Who can register the death
You can register the death if you’re:
- a relative
- someone present at the death
- an administrator from the hospital
- the person making arrangements with the funeral directors
Important: the executor of a will is not automatically entitled to register a death unless they are also arranging the funeral.
If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you with the registration, please feel free to ask a relative or friend to accompany you to the Register Office.
Documents you need to register a death
To register a death, you need the medical 'cause of death' certificate from the doctor who last treated the deceased.
If the death is passed to the coroner, the cause of death document will be sent direct to the register office. Please contact us before attending your appointment to ensure we have the documentation.
You’ll need to tell the registrar:
- the person’s full name at the time of death
- any names previously used, example: maiden name
- the person’s date and place of birth
- their last address
- their occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
Documents you’ll get
When you register a death you’ll get:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) - gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
We issue these documents free of charge. However, we charge a fee for full death certificates. These will be needed for sorting out the person's affairs.
Tell Us Once service
The 'Tell Us Once' service means we can notify other central government departments on your behalf to deal with cancelling:
- a passport
- a driving licence
- a state pension
- other benefits
If you urgently need a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) on a Bank Holiday, we run a limited service between 9am-10am. Please contact us via the out of hours team on 020 8359 2000.
If the death has already been registered and you wish to apply for a copy of a death certificate from us see request a copy of a certificate.
- Barnet Registration and Nationality Service
- Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BG
- Tel: 020 8359 6400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours
- Monday to Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-1pm
Enquiries: Contact us online