Documents to take with you
The only document that is legally required to register a death is the medical certificate of the cause of death or the coroner’s form (which will usually be sent directly to the registrar). If you are registering the death yourself, it can be helpful to bring some more information about the deceased to the registry office. Here is a checklist of the most important documents and information:
- birth certificate
- NHS medical card or National Insurance number surviving spouse or civil partner (if applicable)
- proof of their address, such as a utility bill
- driving licence
- Blue Badge
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- death certificate for the spouse or civil partner if the deceased was already widowed.
Additional information to take with you
In addition to the information above, you may also want to note down the following information about the deceased to make registering the death easier. But you will need the permission of any people whose details you give to the registrar:
- full name
- maiden name and any other previous surnames, if applicable (other surnames are not absolutely essential but this will be helpful if, for example, an old insurance policy is discovered that was taken out during an previous marriage). You can also record any other names by which the person was known.
- date and place of birth (town and county in the UK or, if overseas, this is the country of birth as it exists today)
- date and place of death
- occupation or former occupation
- last usual address
- date of birth, name and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner (name and occupation only if spouse or civil partner has already died), if applicable
- next of kin/informant’s details
- whether the deceased received a State Pension or other pension or benefits from public funds, such as a local authority retirement pension or Department for Work and Pension (DWP) benefits
- National Insurance number
- name of the person dealing with their estate.
It is also a good idea to take along some documents to verify your own name and address (such as a passport or driving licence and a utility bill), although this is not a legal requirement.
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