Register a death

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Deaths should normally be registered within 5 days.

Book online or call 0345 60 80 198 for an appointment at your local register office.

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Who should register?

A death is usually registered by a relative of the deceased, but other people who can do it include:

  • A person present at the death
  • The owner or manager of the residential home where the death occurred
  • The person responsible for organising the funeral

Where should I register the death?

If the death occurred outside of East Sussex, it should be registered by the local registration service to where it happened. You can register by declaration in East Sussex if you cannot travel, but this procedure can delay the funeral by a few days.

If the death occurred overseas, the process of registration is different. For advice visit: Gov.uk – Death abroad.

What do I need to register a death?

If the Coroner’s office is involved, for example if the death was sudden or unexpected, they will advise you of when/if you need to register.

Further information is available from the Coroner’s office website.

Usually the doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, this MUST be brought to your appointment.

The registrar will ask for the following information about the deceased;

  • Place and date of death
  • Full name, including maiden name (if applicable) and any previous names
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Home address
  • The full name, date of birth and occupation of their spouse or civil partner (if applicable)
  • Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds
  • Whether the deceased had any involvement from East Sussex Adult Social Care

It is useful if you bring supporting documentation with you (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates of the deceased), but we can still register without them.

If the deceased had a Bus Pass or Blue Badge, this should be handed in to the registrar.

What happens next?

After registering you will be issued with:

  • A green certificate for burial or cremation – the funeral director will need this before the funeral can take place. (In some cases this will be issued by the Coroner)
  • A white certificate of registration of death (BD8). This will help you notify the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP can be contacted on 0345 606 0265
  • Death certificates – needed for notifying banks, insurance and probate services. These cost £4 each at the time of registration. The price increases to £7 the day after registration and to £10 when the register is filled and closed.

Adult Social Care

If the deceased had any involvement with Adult Social Care, it is important to inform them of the death as soon as possible.

Contact Adult Social Care

Urgent death registrations

In the event of an emergency which cannot wait until we are next open please contact 01323 644422. However, we cannot register until the doctor or coroner has certified the death.