Registration of deaths

1. How to register a death

A death usually needs to be registered within 5 days in the district where the death occurred by a relative of the deceased (unless the death has been reported to a coroner).

In certain circumstances, another person can register a death.

  • Someone present at the time of death.
  • A person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker).

You’ll need to register the death before you can get the documents you need to arrange a funeral and sort out the deceased’s estate.