Register a death
You should register the death within 5 days.
You can go to any register office, but if you use the one in the area where the person died, you’ll be given the documents you’ll need on the day.
If you use a different register office, the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person died before they’re issued to you. This means you’ll usually have to wait a few days.
Registering a death during the bank holiday
On bank holidays, a registrar is on call from 9am to 10am for same day burials and cremations. Leave your details on the phone and the registrar will contact you. Please call 020 8359 2000 between 9am and 10am.
Who can register the death
You can register the death if you’re:
- a relative
- someone present at the death
- an administrator from the hospital
- the person making arrangements with the funeral directors
- the executor of a will is not automatically entitled to register a death unless they are also arranging the funeral.
If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you with the registration, you can ask a relative or friend to accompany you to the Register Office.
Documents you need to register a death
To register a death, you need the medical 'cause of death' certificate from the doctor who last treated the person who died.If the death is passed to the coroner, the cause of death document will be sent direct to the register office. Please contact us before attending your appointment to make sure we have the documentation.
You’ll need to tell us at the register office:
- the person’s full name at the time of death
- any names previously used, example: 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
When you register a death we will give youa Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) - gives you permission for burial or an application for cremation
We will give you the certificate free of charge. However, we do charge £15 for a full death certificate. You will need a death certificate for sorting out the person's affairs.
Barnet Registration and Nationality Service
Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BG
Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm,
Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Sunday from 9am to 1pm