Registering the Death

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When and where to register

Once you have the medical certificate, the death must be formally recorded.

Register the death at a Registry Office in England and Wales or Registrar of Deaths in Northern Ireland. You normally need to register the death within five days. Any death which occurs in Scotland must be registered within eight days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The law allows a death to be registered in any registration district in Scotland. You may need to make an appointment to see the registrar.

You will need to take the medical certificate with you when you register the death.

Once registered, the registrar will issue the death certificate – which is needed to deal with the will, and with money and other assets left by the deceased. Even though there is a charge for having additional copies, it’s often wise to get several copies of the death certificate if you need to write to different companies.

The registrar will also give you a green certificate to give to the deceased’s funeral director. This allows burial or cremation to proceed.

The registrar may also give you form BD8 which will need to be sent to the local Jobcentre Plus or Social Security.

If the deceased was receiving any benefits or tax credits, advise the relevant offices that were making the payments – you can use the links below to the tax credit helpline and Jobcentre.


When registering a death, you’ll need to take the following:

  • medical certificate of the cause of death (signed by a doctor)

And if available:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage/civil partnership certificates
  • NHS Medical Card

Local Register Office Details:

Gloucester Register Office
Shire Hall
Westgate Street
Telephone 01242 532455
Opening Hours – Monday to Friday – 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cheltenham Register Office
St. George’s Road
GL50 3EW
Telephone 01242 532455
Opening Hours – Monday to Friday – 9.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Register Office Shire Hall Gloucester