The Coronavirus Act (2020) permits us to complete a pre-registration of a death by phone and avoids relatives visiting a register office. The first step of the process is to pre-register a death.
Do not follow this process if you have been advised a death may involve an inquest. The Coroner Service will complete this process for you.
Before you start
- Read all 4 stages.
- Answer all questions shown with an asterisk(*)
- Only one relative needs to complete this form.
- It takes up to 8 minutes to complete. You cannot save the form and return later.
- You can receive a copy of your form by email.
To pre-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 be sent to us when it has been completed. Relatives do not need to collect it.
- a form of Confirmation from the Coroner that they have concluded their enquiries. This is also known as a Form A or Form B. The Coroner will send this form direct to us. Relatives do not need to collect it.
Some situations require a Coroner confirmation form and a MCCD.
There is a statutory requirement that deaths that do not involve the coroner are registered within 5 days.
Complete the pre-registration form at the end of this page. This form contains all the information we need to prepare the registration documents. We cannot proceed or complete the registration until we have the documentation required in stage 1.
After you've completed the pre-registration form, a registrar will call you to finalise the registration. We're prioritising registrations in date of death order. Please be aware that during busy periods it may be up to 4 days before a registrar calls you. You do not need to wait for the registration to be completed before contacting your chosen funeral director.
You'll also receive by email a unique reference number to use the Tell Us Once service.
The Registrar will notify your funeral director the registration is complete and send an authorisation form to the crematorium or burial authority to enable them to proceed with the burial or cremation. Sometimes referred to as the 'green form'.
The registrar who carries out your registration will usually be able to take your payment for death certificates during the appointment . The certificates will be sent to you by post.
Each certificate costs £11 including standard postage.