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 at: 

Westminster Register Office, 317 Harrow Road, London W9 3RJ

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Cost

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.

Death Certificates

You can purchase a certified copy of the registration entry referred to as a death certificate at the time of registration (payable by card). Alternatively, when making a death registration appointment you may wish to pre-order death certificates.

When deciding on how many certificates to pre-order we recommend consideration is given to requirements of the deceased's circumstances that may require death certificates for the following purposes:

  • UK bank accounts
  • Solicitor and legal requirements
  • Private pensions
  • Insurances

in addition to the above if the deceased is a foreign national consideration may be required for:

  • The home Government records to register the death
  • Overseas bank accounts
  • Overseas solicitor and legal requirements
  • Overseas property or closing of financial affairs

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 more about 'Tell Us Once'.

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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

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Last updated: 20 December 2019