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Registering a death

The death must be registered at the Registry Office in the sub-district where the death occurred.

How to register a death

Once the Medical Certificate has been issued the death must be registered at the Registry Office in the sub-district where the death occurred. This must be carried out within 5 days of the death. It is necessary to make an appointment to attend the local Registry Office.

If you are unable to attend the Registry Office, which covers the area where the death occurred you may attend a Registry office of your choice with the particulars of the deceased, in order to make a declaration. This will then be forwarded to the sub-district where the death took place for registration. In such cases, there may be some delay in the certificates being released.

The arrangements for the funeral can not proceed until the death has been registered.

Where is my Local registry office?

Stevenage Danesgate, Stevenage

01438 316681

Hitchin Centenary House, Grammar School Walk, Hitchin

01462 428900

Welwyn & Hatfield, 19b St. Albans Road East, Hatfield

01707 283920

Hertford & Ware, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford

01992 555590

Buntingford, 2 Hockerill Street, Bishops Stortford

01279 651318


What documentation is required when registering a death?

The Medical Certificate of the cause of death

The deceased’s Medical Card, if possible

The deceased’s birth and marriage certificates, if available

The date and place of death

The full name of the deceased and maiden name,where appropriate

The usual address of the deceased

The date and place of birth of the deceased

The deceased’s occupation and name and occupation of their spouse

Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds

The date of birth of any surviving spouse

What happens after the death has been registered?

On completion of registration, the registrar will issue the following:


A Certificate for Burial or Cremation

This is a green form, which should be brought to us in order that the arrangements for the funeral may proceed

A Certification of Registration of Death {form BD8}

This is for Social Security purposes in order that the payment of pensions and allowances may be cancelled

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If a loved one has passed, please call your nearest funeral office for help, support & advice, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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