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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.

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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

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

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
  • 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

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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