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Registering a Death 

Before a funeral can take place the death must be registered in the sub – district where the death occurred.  You must have received a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from a doctor before you can book an appointment.  A G.P or Medical Professional who has seen the person who has died within the last 14 days usually completes this. The Medical Certificate needs to be collected from the hospital or GP Surgery.  The telephone number to make an appointment can be found on the paperwork or at the bottom of this page.

The Registrar will give you:

  • A GREEN Form called the Registrars Certificate for Burial or Cremation (unless the Coroner is investigating the cause of death)
  • Register you onto the Tell Us Once Scheme, helping you to inform multiple government departments in one go.
  • Give you a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8), this only applies for social security reason in relation to pensions.
  • 3 x Copies of the Death Certificate (Certified Copy of the Entry of Death) Additional copies can be procured at the time of registration (£11) and at a later date.

What to Bring with you:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • The deceased’s passport or birth certificate
  • A Medical Card
  • A document with a usual address

Hampshire Registrar 0300 555 1392

Surrey Registrar

Bracknell Forest


The Registrar needs to know:

  • Where the death occurred
  • The full name of the person who has died
  • Date of Birth and Death
  • Occupation
  • Whether they were in receipt of a state pension

The Registrar will then issue the GREEN form. The funeral director will need this to pass onto the relevant authority to where the cremation or burial is being held. The funeral director does not need a copy of the death certificate.







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