How to Register a Death

Registering a Death

You should register the death within 5 calendar days. You can go to any registrar’s office but it’s best to use the one in the area where the person died – otherwise the process can take longer and be more complicated.

Registering the death will take about 30 minutes – and you will need to make an appointment. To make an appointment with Oxfordshire Registrar’s you will need to ring 0845 1295900

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

What you need to do

Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you. If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card

You’ll need to tell the registrar:

  • the person’s full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, eg 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
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

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 a cremation
  • a Certificate of Registration of Death. You can buy extra death certificates for a small charge and most families will get 3-6 copies.