How to register a death

You must register a death within five days. This is a legal requirment. The death must be registered at the register office in the borough where the death took place.

If there is an investigation into the death, and the coroner is involved, the death may be registered outside of the five days. If the investigation leads to an inquest, the registration will take place once the inquest has been held. The coroner will contact youto let you know when you are able to obtain death certificates from the register office.

Deaths in Hammersmith & Fulham

If the deceased passed away in Hammersmith & Fulham, you will need to come to Hammersmith & Fulham Register Office for the registration.

We run an appointment system Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. The easiest way to book an appointment is online.

Book an appointment online

Or call us on 020 8753 2140 during office hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

For out-of-hours emergencies please call 020 8748 8588.

Deaths outside Hammersmith & Fulham

If the deceased passed away outside Hammersmith & Fulham, we can complete a declaration for the register office which covers the area in which the deceased passed away.

You will not be issued with a death certificate or burial or cremation certificate at the declaration because it needs to be posted to the appropriate office for the registration to be completed. The relevant documents will be posted to you after the registration has been completed.

Who can register the death?

A 'qualified informant' can be:

  • a relative who was present at the death
  • a relative in attendance during the last illness
  • a relative living in Hammersmith & Fulham
  • a person who was present at the death
  • an occupant of the house where the deceased was living
  • the person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director). A person arranging the funeral should only register a death if there are no relatives available.

If the informant does not speak or understand English, they need to bring someone who can translate for them.

What should I bring?

We need:

  • medical certificate of cause of death - issued from certifying doctor
  • Coroner's post mortem form - issued to us directly from the coroner

It would be helpful to bring:

  • passports or birth certificates
  • marriage or civil partnership certificates (if applicable)
  • £4.00 for each certificate (cash or card payment)
  • only a cheque or a postal order can be accepted for death declarations (£4.00 per certificate)

Certificates

  • £4.00 on the day of registration
  • £7.00 after the day of registration for approximately two months while the register is still in use
  • £10.00 when the register is complete and has been archived (insert link to death certificates document page)

Documents you will receive

  • certificate for burial or cremation- separate procedures apply where the death has been referred to the coroner
  • form for the Department of Work and Pensions

What information will I need?

About the deceased:

  • date and place of death
  • first name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • any other names the deceased was otherwise or previously known by
  • maiden name (if applicable)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation and whether retired or not
  • address

Spouse/civil partner of deceased

  • first name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • if deceased or not
  • occupation
  • if retired or not
  • date of birth
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