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Register a death

A death must be registered within 5 days, unless the coroner is investigating the cause of death, and an appointment will be required to register.

Who can register a death?

You can register a death if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased

or if there are no relatives

  • someone who was present at the death
  • the occupier of the premises where the death occurred (if the occupier is aware)
  • the person arranging the funeral

Where should a death be registered?

A death must be registered in the district where the death occurred. If it occurred within the city of Wolverhampton, you will need to make an appointment to register with us. 

If you are not able to travel to the district where the death occurred, you can visit your local register office, to make a declaration. The declaration will be sent to the district where the person died, the register office there will then complete the registration, and send any certificates that are required through the post to you.  

At your appointment

Please contact us on 01902 551234 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, or between 9am and 4.30pm on a Friday to make an appointment.

Please note: you cannot make an appointment until you have been informed that the medical cause of death certificate has been signed and is available for issue OR the coroner investigation has been completed.

When you attend your appointment, you must bring with you the medical certificate issued by the certifying doctor, unless there is to be a post mortem or inquest. You will also need to bring some documentary identification for the deceased, as well as identification for the person informing the council of the death.

At the appointment the registrar will ask the following relating to the deceased:

  • the date and place of their birth
  • their occupation
  • if he/she was married, then the name and occupation of the their spouse
  • their maiden surname (if a woman who had been married)
  • their usual address
  • their NHS number
  • the name and address of the person registering the death

Following your bereavement, it is likely you will need to notify a number of different government departments and local council services. 

'Tell Us Once' is a free and voluntary service that is there to save you time. It allows the registrar to pass on information to the authorities that need to know when someone has died. 

If you would like to use this service it would be helpful if the person attending the appointment could bring the following information:

  • the deceased's national insurance number 
  • the deceased's surviving husband, wife or civil partner's national insurance number OR next of kin's national insurance number 
  • next of kin's name, address and telephone number 
  • information about any benefits and services the deceased may have been receiving (e.g. state pension, income support, housing benefit, library card etc) 
  • name and address of the person dealing with the deceased's estate (if different) 
  • driving licence (if held), or driver number if licence not available 
  • passport (if held) or passport number if passport not available 
  • blue badge (if held)
  • concessionary travel pass (if held) 

If you are unable to locate any of this information in time for your appointment, please don't worry, you will still be able to use the service later by telephone. The registrar will give you a unique reference number and a telephone number to call.

If you are not the next of kin or person dealing with the deceased's estate, you will need their permission in order for the registrar to pass on this information.

You will receive a Tell Us Once letter at the end of the registration that will list the services that have been informed of the death.

Certificates 

There is no "original" death certificate. If you need certified copies of the register entry, to deal with the estate of the deceased, you are able to purchase these from the registrar at your appointment for £4 each. 

If you don't buy enough certificates at the appointment, you can still buy further copies at a later date, these will cost more that if purchased at the appointment.