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Register a death

Register a death

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.

To find out more visit the Gov.uk website death registration information.

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. Appointments are held at our Register Office in Wokingham.

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

Information required

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

During your appointment you will be asked to check the paper copy of the registration before signing. It is important that you check all the information on the document before signing, paying careful attention to the spelling of names and places as well as dates.

It is your responsibility to make sure all information is correct before signing. Once you have signed the register entry it becomes a legal document. If any error is noticed after signing, a correction would then be required. From 1 November 2017 national fees apply for corrections (£75 to £90). 

Supporting documents

If possible, to make sure of accurate information, we recommend you bring the deceased's:

  • Passport
  • 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 - these cost £11 each
  • A booklet called 'What to do after a death in England and Wales'

Save time with our Tell Us Once service 

We now offer a 'Tell us Once' service. Read our Tell Us Once (PDF document) for full details.

A death must be registered in the country that the death occurred.

Contact the Foreign Office or funeral director for more information.

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