Register a death

A death usually needs to be registered within 5 days (unless the death has been reported to a coroner).

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.

How to register a death

It's best to register a death at the register office in the district where the person died.

If the death occurred in Westminster you can register the death at Westminster Register Office, 317 Harrow Road, London W9 3RJ.

Book online

Alternatively, please contact the Register Office.


There is no fee to register a death.

The registrar will give you the documents you will need to arrange a funeral in England and Wales and sort out the deceased’s estate.

You can purchase a certified copy of the registry entry (death certificate) at the time of registration (payable with a credit/debit card).

What else you need to do

When someone dies there are several government organisations that need to be told. The ‘Tell Us Once’ service allows you to report a death to most government organisations in one go.

If you are interested in the this service, please make this clear when booking your appointment. During your appointment, a Westminster registrar will then give you a unique reference number and help you use this service.

Find out about more about 'Tell Us Once'.

Correct a death registration

Depending on what corrections you need to make, you will have to make an application to either the register office where the death was registered or to the General Register Office.

Read the GOV.UK guide to correcting a death registration to find out:

  • what corrections can be made
  • who to apply to
  • who can apply
  • how to apply
  • how long applications take

Last updated: 27 April 2017
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