How do I register a death

When someone passes away you have to register their death within a 5 day period. Generally a close family member will register the death prior to the funeral. If the deceased has no family, this can be done by:

  • • Any person present at the death
  • • The occupier of the premises where the death took place
  • • The person who is accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral.

You have to register the death with your local Registrar, and it is often required for you to arrange an appointment to do so.

What information does the Registrar need to know?

  • • Date and place of death
  • • Full name
  • • Date and place of birth
  • • Occupation
  • • Home address
  • • If the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
  • • If applicable, the date of birth of the surviving spouse.


What documentation does the Registrar need?

  •  Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • • Deceased’s National Health Service medical card (if available)
  • • Deceased’s Birth Certificate (if available)
  • • Deceased’s Marriage Certificate (if applicable)


The Registrar may issue a green certificate for burial or cremation which is required by us prior to the funeral. Certified copies of the entry of death can be obtained for a small charge – these may be needed for legal or financial purposes.

If the death has been referred to the coroner, the registration process may vary – we can advise you accordingly.


Contact details for local Registrars:

Lincolnshire Registrars Service: 01522 782244

You can download this page as a helpful printable document.


If you’re unsure about registering a death, just call our team who will answer any questions you have: 01476 594422.