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Death registration appointment

Unless the death has been referred to the coroner, it is a legal requirement to register the death within five days.

You must have a medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor to book an appointment to register the death.

If the death has been referred to the coroner, they will inform you when you are able to make an appointment to register the death.

If the death occurred in Surrey you can register the death at any one of the following register offices in Surrey: Camberley, Farnham, Guildford, Leatherhead, Reigate or Weybridge.

You can only book an appointment online if all of the following apply:

  • you have the medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor or hospital, or where the death was referred to the coroner, you have the relevant reference number
  • you are a relative of the deceased, were present at the death or are personally arranging the funeral
  • the death occurred within England or Wales
  • you can speak and understand English.

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If any of the above do not apply, or if an inquest is, or has been held by the coroner, please contact the Surrey Registration Service.

What the registrar needs to know

  • the date and place of death;
  • the deceased's full name and surname (and the maiden surname if the deceased was a woman who had married or formed a civil partnership);
  • the deceased's date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK, and country if born abroad);
  • the deceased's occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner;
  • the deceased's last (usual) address;
  • whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds; and
  • if the deceased was married or a civil partner, the date of birth of the surviving widow, widower or civil partner.

What you will need to bring

You must bring the medical certificate of cause of death given to you by the certifying doctor or bereavement officer at the hospital, otherwise the registrar will be unable to complete the registration.

If the death has been referred to the coroner, the coroner will send the paperwork required for the registration directly to the registrar.

It would also be useful for you to bring:

  • the deceased's passport or birth certificate
  • the deceased marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • the deceased's medical card, and
  • a document with the deceased's usual address.

Please note that you are not legally required to bring these documents but if you do, they can help to ensure that the registration is completed accurately.

The registrar will:

  • give you a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) unless the coroner has already issued an Order for Burial or a Certificate for Cremation.
  • register you onto the Tell Us Once service, enabling you to inform multiple local and central government departments of the death in one contact; and
  • give you a Certificate of Registration of Death (BD8) - this is for Social Security purposes only. If you are using the Tell us Once service your Pension Centre will be informed automatically. If not, you will need to use this form to notify them of a change in circumstances.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for the death registration itself or the Tell Us Once service. If you require death certificates, (certified copies of the death registration entry) any number of these may be purchased for a cost of £11 each.

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