Registering the death

In England, you normally need to register a death within five days. If the death is reported to the Coroner a cause of death certificate will not be issued.  This may lead to a delay in registering the death. 

It is best to go to the local Register Office, otherwise it may take longer to get the necessary documents and this could delay the funeral arrangements.

Only the following people can register a death when the death occurred in a house or in hospital:

  • A relative of the deceased
  • Someone present at the death
  • An occupant of the house
  • An official from the hospital
  • The person making the arrangements with the funeral director

The majority of deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. The registrar will normally allow one of the other listed persons to register the death only if there are no relatives available.

The following information must be given to the registrar:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and surname of deceased
  • Any names previously used, including maiden surname
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Name and occupation of the deceased’s spouse or civil partner (and date of death if applicable)
  • Usual address
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of the surviving spouse or civil partner

The Southampton Registrar’s office operates an appointment system.  Appointments can be made by telephoning 023 8091 5327.  Their office is located at 6a Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2LX and is open during the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 10am to 4.30pm
  • Friday 9am to 4pm