Registration of deaths

Changes to certificate fees

From 16 February 2019, the Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnership (Fees) (Amendment) regulations comes into force. There will be changes to the following certificate fees:

  • the three-tier certificate fees will be removed and replaced by one single (standard) fee of £11 per certificate, regardless of when the application is made. The fee of £11 will also apply to a Short Birth Certificate
  • the introduction of statutory priority certificate of £35 for a 24 hour service

The new certificate fees are the same as the General Register Office.

1. Overview

A death must be registered within 5 days of the date the person died, in the district where the death occurred by a relative of the deceased. If the death has been reported to a coroner it must be registered within 14 days.

Please make sure you are the only person in your family making the appointment to register the death.

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.