Register a death within 5 days
All deaths must be registered at the Register Office for the area where death occurred within 5 days unless a Coroner is involved.
The person who registers the death is known as the informant.
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How to register a death
To register a death in Wokingham borough call 0118 974 6554. Appointments are available Monday to Friday and take about 45 minutes.
For registrations to meet a 24 hour burial call out of hours / emergencies on 0800 212 111.
Who can register a death
In order of preference the following people who can register a death:
- Relative of the deceased
- Any person present at the death
- Occupier of the house / home where the death happened - if in an establishment the occupier could be the establishment's manager or senior administrator
- The person who found the body
- The person arranging the burial or cremation
It's essential that you supply us with the Medical Cause of Death Certificate. This is not required if there has been a post mortem.
We will also need to know:
- Full name of deceased, maiden name if applicable, and any other previous names
- Date and place of birth of deceased
- Normal place of residence including postcode
- Date and place of death including postcode
- Occupation during working life
- Marital status
- Full name, date of birth and occupation of spouse if applicable
- Medical card and / or NHS number of the deceased (if found but not essential)
- Reference numbers for any government issued pensions e.g. civil service, military pensions
If possible, to make sure of accurate information, we recommend you bring the deceased's:
- Marriage / Civil Partnership certificates
- Birth certificates
- Deed polls
You'll receive the following documents at the registration appointment:
- Green Form for the funeral director - may not be necessary if the Coroner has been involved
- White Form to be completed and sent to the Department for Work and Pensions
- Required number of certified copy death certificates
- A booklet called 'What to do after a death in England and Wales' - also available from the Gov.uk what to do after death website
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A death must be registered in the country that the death occurred.
Contact the Foreign Office or funeral director for more information.