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.
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.
The registrars are open from 9am - 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday, and 9am - 4pm Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:
Deaths that happened anywhere else can be registered by:
Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.
The following information will be required:
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.
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.
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.
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:
There are a number of reasons why a death might have to be reported to the coroner. It may be because:
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.
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.
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.
Yes. You can order a copy death certificate online.
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.
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)