How to register a death

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): From Monday 30 March 2020, deaths will be registered by telephone appointment ONLY until further notice. To make an appointment, please call 0300 500 8080. 

If you would like to use the Tell Us Once service then we can complete a capture for you and provide a unique reference number to take home from the appointment. This reference, along with some extra information provided on how to complete, will allow you to finish the process through a few different methods and notify any relevant authorities.

If the deceased was a former coal miner, or a dependent, in receipt of a mining pension, you can access specialist support during the coronavirus outbreak. 


What documents will be given

  • Certificate of burial or cremation (green form) - This must be handed to the funeral director so that arrangements can be made for the funeral to take place. In certain circumstances a form will be issued by the Coroner instead
  • Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8) - To inform the Department of Work and Pensions of the death. The Registrar will explain what you need to do with this form.
  • Certified copies of the register entry – you can purchase as many certificates as you wish. For full details please see our fees page.

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