What we need to register a death

To register a death, you’ll need to bring the cause of death certificate that was issued by the doctor treating the person who has died.

If a death has been reported to the coroner we’ll need documents from them before we can register the death.

To register the death, we’ll need to ask you:

  • date and place of death
  • full name,  date and place of birth, last occupation and usual address of the deceased person
  • whether the deceased person received any pension or benefits

If the deceased person was widowed we’ll need to know the full name and last occupation of their spouse. If they were still married we’ll also need to know the date of birth of their surviving spouse.

Please note that from November 1 2017 any correction requested to the registration will be subject to a non-refundable fee for consideration of the correction. We cannot guarantee the correction will be authorised. The fee payable will be £75. In some circumstances this will increase to £90 if the correction needs to be authorised by the General Register Officer. It’s therefore very important that the document is carefully checked at the point of registration.

Once the registration is complete we’ll give you a form to allow burial or cremation, unless the coroner has already issued one.

You can buy as many copies of the death certificate as you need. They can be issued at the registration appointment at a cost of £4 each. If you decide to do this after the registration is complete, the costs will be higher.

Who should register a death

Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased.

If the death occurred in a house, hospital or elderly people home and there are no relatives available, we would normally allow one of the following people to register the death:

  • someone who was present at the death
  • the occupier or manager of the premises where the person died
  • an official from the hospital where the person died
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

If the death occurred somewhere else and there are no relatives available, we would normally accept one of the following people to register the death:

  • someone who was present at the death
  • the person who found the deceased’s body
  • the person in charge of the deceased’s body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Tell Us Once

Our registrars offer the Tell Us Once service which means they can inform other council services and government agencies of the death on your behalf.

You will need the following details of the person who died:

  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • driving licence number
  • vehicle registration number
  • passport number
  • details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, for example State Pension
  • details of any local council services they were getting, for example Blue Badge
  • the name and address of their next of kin
  • the name and address of any surviving spouse or civil partner
  • the name, address and contact details of the person or company dealing with their estate (property, belongings and money), known as their ‘executor’ or ‘administrator’
  • details of any public sector or armed forces pension schemes they were getting or paying in to

If you do not wish to do this at the time of your appointment, or you do not have the information to hand, the registrar will give you a telephone number and a unique reference number so you can use the service at a later date.

Find out more about Tell Us Once on the gov.uk website:

 

registration service
Telephone to book an appointment at either office or email us with your enquiry.

01823 282 251

somersetregistrations@somerset.gov.uk

Main office

Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
Open 9am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, Monday to Friday

Part-time office opening hours

Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, BS21 6FW
Open 9am-2pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-12.30pm on Fridays