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Register a death

How to register a death in Suffolk, including what you need before you start, booking an appointment online and preparing for your appointment.

Deaths need to be registered in person at one of our register offices.

Telephone registrations, which were possible under the Government’s pandemic emergency legislation, have been discontinued.

Before you start

  • Registrars need documentation from a medical practitioner and/or a Coroner before they can register a death.
  • Any relative of the deceased can register a death, it does not need to be the next of kin.
  • You do not need to wait for the registration to be completed before contacting your chosen funeral director.
  • There is a legal requirement that deaths that do not involve the coroner are registered within 5 days.
  • There is no charge to register a death, but a statutory fee applies for death certificates and any future correction needed to the entry.
  • We can only register deaths that have occurred in the County of Suffolk.

Stage 1

To register a death we need:

  • a completed Medical Certificate Confirming cause of Death (MCCD). This is issued by either a GP or a hospital doctor/consultant. It will usually be sent to us electronically when it has been completed. In some cases you may be asked to collect it from the doctors surgery or the hospital.

or:

  • a form of Confirmation from the Coroner that they have concluded their enquiries. This is also known as a Form 100A if there has not been a post mortem, or a Form 100B if there has been a post mortem. Coroner documentation is sent to us electronically – there is no need for you to collect it.
  • Some situations require a Coroner confirmation form and a MCCD.

Relatives should be informed by the certifying doctor and/or the coroner when the necessary documentation has been issued. They should also give you a unique reference number which you should keep safely as it may be needed to make the appointment.

Stage 2

When you have confirmation that the documents required in Stage 1 have been sent to the Registrar you can arrange an appointment. Appointments last approximately 40 minutes.

You can book an appointment with our online form.

Alternatively, please call any of our service points to make an appointment: Contact a register office

Stage 3 – Preparing for your appointment

When you attend the registration appointment you will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

  • Their full name and any other names they were known by or used
  • Their date and place of birth and death
  • Their usual address
  • Their last occupation
  • Whether they were in receipt of any public sector pension, e.g. civil service, teacher, armed forces.

And if applicable:

  • Their maiden name
  • The name, date of birth and occupation of their spouse, or legal civil partner.

It would be helpful to bring their:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage / Civil Partnership certificate.

Please do not worry if you do not have any of these documents- you can still attend the appointment.

Stage 4 – The appointment

Registration appointments are held in private rooms so information can be given in confidence. Please allow 40 minutes for the appointment. There is space for up to 2 people to attend the appointment.

When the registration entry has been prepared, the registrar will ask you to check the content carefully before signing. This stage is very important because any error discovered afterwards will be subject to a statutory correction fee of £75/£90 and could possibly mean a delay to the funeral.

You will be given:

  • a TUO unique reference number to use the Tell Us Once service
  • any death certificates required. Death certificates are £11 each.
  • a government pension notification form (if applicable).
  • An authorisation form to the crematorium or burial authority to enable them to proceed with the burial or cremation. This document is often referred to as the ‘green form'.

If you need further death certificates in the future, you can apply for a copy of a death certificate here.
Each certificate costs £11 including standard postage where applicable.