When someone dies, the doctor who was treating them will issue a medical certificate of cause of death. This certificate must be taken to the registrar's office.
Occasionally, if the death was sudden or the doctor treating the deceased is unavailable, it may not be possible to issue a medical certificate of cause of death. If this happens, the death will have to be reported to the coroner which may lead to a delay in registering the death.
The death must be registered in the district in which it took place within 5 days. The information about the person who has died is usually recorded on computer as well as in the death register and the person registering the death signs the record.
If the person registering the death can’t easily go to the district where it took place, the information for the registration may be given to a registrar in another district. The registrar will record the details on a form of declaration and send it to the registrar for the appropriate district, who will enter the information in the death register.
The registration may be made bilingually in English and Welsh if the person who registers the death gives the information in Welsh and the registrar is able to understand and write Welsh. If the registrar cannot understand and write Welsh, the registration may be carried out in a different district where there are Welsh-speaking registrars, using the declaration procedure described above.
You can order and pay for certificates of death when you make the declaration, and these, as well as the document allowing the funeral to go ahead, will be posted to you.
If the declaration procedure is used, it may take a day or two longer to issue the document allowing the funeral to go ahead. Relatives should discuss the arrangements with their funeral director and the registrar so as to avoid any delay to the funeral.
Listed below are some of the forms and certificates you will be given by doctors and Coroners. The list explains when and where you get each form.
|When registering a death||You will usually get||From|
|If the death is not referred to a coroner||Medical Certificate||Doctor|
|In all cases||Formal Notice||Doctor|
|If a baby is stillborn||Medical Certificate of Stillbirth||Doctor or Midwife|
|If the death is referred to a Coroner but there is no inquest||Notification by the Coroner (Pink Form B/form 100)||Coroner (this is usually sent to the Registrar, but you may be asked to deliver it)|
|If there is an inquest and the body is to be buried||Order for burial (form 101)||Coroner|
|If there is a post-mortem or an inquest and the body is to be cremated||Certificate for Cremation (form E)||Coroner|
|If the body is to be moved out of England or Wales||Removal Notice (form 104)||Coroner|