How to Register a Death

Who should register the death

A relative should register the death. Registering the death will take about 30 minutes - And you will need to make an appointment to do so.

Bradford Registrar Office:

Tel: 01274 432151

If a relative can't register the death, you can do it if you:

  • Were there at the time of death
  • Are an administrator from the hospital

    (if the person died in hospital)

  • Are in charge of making funeral arrangements

Documents you'll get:

When you register a death you'll get:

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the 'green form') - gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)

You can buy extra death certificates - these will be needed for sorting out the person's affairs.

What you need to do

Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.

If available (but don't worry if not), also take the person's:

  • Birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill
  • Driving licence
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • Passport
  • Proof of address (eg utility bill)

You'll need to tell the registrar:

  • The person's full name at the time of death
  • Any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • The person's date and place of birth
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.


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