Only certain people can register the death

  • A relative of the deceased who was present at the time of death
  • A relative of the deceased who was with them during the last illness
  • A relative of the deceased who lives in the same district
  • Any person present at the death
  • The occupier e.g. Matron or Officer in Charge of a nursing home, rest home or public institution, provided they knew of the illness prior to death
  • The person responsible for giving instructions for the funeral e.g. executor, solicitor or similar
  • You must have the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (this is issued by the doctor who attended the deceased during their last illness).
  • It’s a good idea to take the deceased’s medical card, which contains their NHS number
  • Birth and marriage certificates (if available)