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Register a death

Information on where and when to register a death, how soon it should be done, who can do it, what information is needed, what happens, how much does it cost, don't speak much English, ordering and cost of a copy certificate and what a coroner is and why a death is reported to a coroner. 

How do I register a death?

A death must be registered in the district in which it occurred. However, details of the death may be given to any registrar who will then forward them onto the relevant registration office. This registration by declaration may cause a delay to the funeral arrangements as the burial or cremation forms will have to be posted out by the registering office.

Deaths which happened in the East Riding of Yorkshire can be registered at any of the registration offices in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Find out how to register a death that occurred outside of the East Riding

To register a death you must call and make an appointment at your local registration office:

Beverley - (01482) 393600

Bridlington - (01482) 393570 

Cottingham - (01482) 393565/6 

Driffield - (01482) 393600 

Goole - (01482) 393580

Hedon - (01482) 393600

Hornsea - (01482) 393600

Pocklington - (01482) 393573/4 

Withernsea - (01482) 393600

Please note: to register a death you must book an appointment. Unfortunately appointments can't be made online and can only be made by calling your local registration office shown above. 

Opening hours

The registrars are open from 9am - 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday, and 9am - 4pm Friday.

Quick burials and out of hours contact

An out of hours service is available if you require a burial or cremation certificate only (providing that the Coroner is not involved). These are often for religious purposes where a quick burial or cremation is required. The registration will then be carried out during office hours. Please call the out of hours number for urgent inquiries only on 07876 444759.

What happens next?

Appointments take approximately 45 minutes. To register a death you will need to supply the registrar with certain key pieces of information, find out what information is needed to register a death.

The death occurred outside the East Riding, where should I register the death?

A death must be registered in the district in which it occurred. However you can register by declaration from another district. For example, this would allow you to register a death that occurred in London through an East Riding registrar.

To register a death by declaration make an appointment at your local registration office as detailed above, and bring the required documents to your appointment. The registrar will then forward this information onto the registering district i.e. London. Once the registration has been completed the registering district will post out the death certificate and burial or cremation certificate to you. 

Please note: This may be a more convenient option but can take longer to process which may cause a delay to the funeral arrangements. 

How soon should a death be registered?

A death should be registered within five days unless the coroner is involved, the appointment takes about 45 minutes. 

If the coroner is involved it can take between 1 day and one year to register. Find out what a coroner does and why they would be involved. 

Who can register a death?

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone who was present at the death
  • someone who was living in the house
  • an official person from the hospital
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Deaths that happened anywhere else can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone who was present at the death
  • the person who found the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow 
other people if there are no relatives available.

What information is needed at the registration?

The following information will be required:

  • A medical certificate of death issued by a doctor (unless there has been a coroner's post-mortem)
  • When and where the death happened
  • Full name and address of the person who has died (the deceased)
  • Maiden name if the deceased was a married women
  • Full name and occupation of husband/wife or civil partner of the deceased
  • Date and place of birth of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • You will also be asked if the deceased was receiving any pensions from any government department.
  • If possible, either the medical card or the national health service (NHS) number of the deceased.

The General Register Office recommends that all persons attending a register office for the purpose of registering a death, bring with them a form of ID and proof of address for themselves and for the person who has died the following documentation is recommended, if available, deceased's birth certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate, death certificate of late spouse of civil partner, proof of address in the form of a utility bill, bank statement, council tax bill or driving licence.

 

 

What happens during the registration?

All death registrations will be carried out in private interview rooms. The registrar will enter details onto the computer and print out the register page based on information given by a legally qualified informant. It is very important that this is accurate as the register is an historical legal record. If any corrections are required, there is a formal procedure to follow which is time-consuming and currently costs up to £100. The onus is on the informant to provide evidence so the correction can be made.

To avoid this informants are asked

  • to BRING documents to the appointment which confirm important details about the deceased and themselves

  • to CHECK the draft very carefully before signing the register

  • to TELL the registrar before signing the register if something is incorrect

If you discover an error after the register has been signed, you should refer to www.gov.uk/correcting-a-death-registration for information as to how to correct it and for confirmation of the fee which will apply.  

A green form will be issued by the registrar or, in some circumstances another form may be issued by the coroner. This form should be taken to the funeral director to enable the funeral to be arranged.

A registration or notification of death form will also be issued for social security purposes. This form should be completed and returned to any local Department of Work and Pensions as soon as possible. It is sometimes necessary to obtain a copy death certificate from the registrar; this is a certified copy of the information held in the register. 

The registration usually takes about 45 minutes.

How much does it cost to register a death?

There is no charge for registering a death. Forms will be given to you free of charge for use by the funeral director and the Department of Work and Pensions. You may purchase copies of the register entry in the form of a death certificate. These cost £4.00 each at the time of registration and if requested at a later date they will cost more.

What is a coroner? 

The coroner is a doctor/lawyer who has responsibility for investigating deaths occurring in particular situations. A coroner can arrange for a post-mortem examination of the body. An judicial investigation is often conducted which is a legal inquiry into the causes and circumstances of a death.

A coroner is responsible for:

  • investigating human deaths
  • determining a cause of death
  • issuing death certificates
  • maintaining death records
  • responding to deaths in mass disasters
  • identifying unknown dead
  • other functions depending on local laws.

Why would a death be reported to a coroner?

There are a number of reasons why a death might have to be reported to the coroner. It may be because:

  • there was no doctor treating the deceased during the last illness 
    and therefore there is no doctor who is legally qualified to issue a medical 
    certificate of the cause of death
  • the doctor certifying the death has not seen the deceased after 
    the death or within 14 days of the death
  • the death was the result of an accident, injury, self neglect, 
    occurred during an operation or was the result of an industrial disease related 
    to the deceased's occupation.


In all these circumstances the registrar is legally required to report the death to the coroner in order to properly establish the cause of death. The registrar 
cannot register until the coroner has notified the registrar.

What if the person registering the death does not speak much English?

It's helpful for someone to come with the person to the registration office to act as interpreter. However, the person must register the death personally. The helper/interpreter cannot register the death.

Who else do I need to tell about the death?

Our Tell us Once service allows us to share information about the death with other government and local council services at the same time as completing the registration. 

This can be done face to face during the registration appointment, or over the telephone at a more convenient time. When someone has died, their death must be registered with the registrar. Once that’s done several other organisations may have to be contacted and given the same information. We can help by giving the information to the Department for Work and Pensions and they can pass on this information to a number of other government departments and local council services on your behalf. 

If you wish to use this service please bring to the registration national insurance numbers for the deceased and any surviving spouse, if applicable and any passports, driving licence or blue badge that belonged to the deceased.

The Tell us Once service is accessible online in addition to the face to face and telephone options.

How much does it cost for a copy certificate?

Death certificates are available at a cost of £4 each at the time of the registration and after that at a cost of £10.00 whilst the register remains in use (current). You may need several depending on how complicated the deceased person’s affairs were. Photocopies will not be accepted by institutions.

Can I leave feedback on the service I have used?

Yes, we welcome your feedback. Please complete our online survey using the following link:

http://www.eastriding.gov.uk/corp-survey/snapform/P01640registrationservices/registrationandcelebratoryservices.htm (opens in a new window)

Last Updated: Friday, 23 February 2018