Register a death during COVID-19 pandemic

A new registration process for registering a death permitted under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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 stages.
  • Answer all questions shown with an asterisk(*)
  • Only one relative needs to complete this form.
  • It takes up to minutes to complete. You cannot save the form and return later.
  • You can receive a copy of your form by email.

Stage 1

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.
    Or
  • 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.

Stage 2

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.

Stage 3

After you've completed the pre-registration form, a registrar will call you to finalise the registration.
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'.

Stage 4

You can order a death certificate after the telephone registration has taken place. It costs £11 per each death certificate and includes postage. Apply for a copy of a death certificate here.

Pre-registration death form

Answer ALL mandatory questions shown with an asterisk(*). You may lose your information if you press submit before answering all mandatory questions.

Your details (Informant)

Answer ALL questions shown with an asterisk (*).

Details of the deceased

Answer ALL questions shown with an asterisk (*).

Details of the Spouse or Civil Partner of the Deceased

Answer ALL questions shown with an asterisk (*).

Funeral Director details

Answer ALL questions shown with an asterisk (*).

Answer ALL questions with a asterisk (*) before you submit your form

You may lose your information if you press submit before answering all mandatory questions.

After you submit your form successfully, a new message will appear saying "Thank you. Your completed form has been sent to the Registration Service."

After submitting a form, you will get a copy by email. (Check junk/spam folders).