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At the appointment

Bring the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.

If there is a post-mortem by the coroner, the coroner will issue the relevant documentation directly to the register office and will advise you of this.

If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the deceased's:

  • birth certificate
  • council tax bill
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • passport
  • proof of address (eg utility bill)

At your appointment, the registrar will ask you some questions to get the information needed for the registration. They will then print out the death registration for you to check. Once the registration is signed the registrar will issue the necessary paperwork.

You’ll need to tell the registrar the deceased's:

  • full name and surname at the time of death
  • any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • 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
  • their NHS number (if you have it)

You should take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can register a death without them.

Additional items you may need for tell us once

If you are using tell us once, you may need the following information.

The deceased's:

  • national insurance number
  • driving licence (if valid)
  • UK passport (if valid)
  • blue badge parking pass
  • details of public sector pensions (eg civil service/teacher/armed forces)

We may also ask you for information about:

  • their next of kin
  • their next of kin NI number
  • the person dealing with their estate

If you are not the next of kin or the person dealing with the estate, you must get agreement from them if you are going to provide us with information about them.

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