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Registering a Death

In England and Wales a death must be registered within 5 days of the date of death, unless the Registrar says that this period may be extended or if the coroner is involved. The registration itself will take approximately 30 minutes.

Unless the Coroner is involved, you will be issued with a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death by the Doctor of the deceased, who will either be a General Practitioner or a Hospital Doctor.  Once you have this certificate you should arrange an appointment with the Registrar.

If there is any further information or support you require please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to help.  Our phone number is 0300 303 2472.

If the Coroner is involved, their office will provide assistance and guidance throughout the process. 

For information on the Coroners Service

A death can only be registered in the district where the event took place. 

If the death took place in Cumbria please book as follows:-

1 Online

Please click on the following link to book an appointment.

To make an appointment

2 Telephone

Call  0300 303 2472

Calls will be answered Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm

Due to high call volumes you may be required to leave a voice message and a member of staff will return your call as soon as possible.  We recommend booking online if you are able to do so.

3 In Person

We would discourage clients from calling at the office to make an appointment as our staff will be engaged with clients.  This may result in a lengthy wait until someone is able to make an appointment for you.  This is unlikely to be for the same day.  If you wish to do so our service points are listed here:

Cumbria Registration Service Points

If the death occurred outside Cumbria

Please read the guidance in the next section Where can I register a death?

If a death occurs in Cumbria it can be registered at any of our Registration Offices. 

To make an appointment

Cumbria Registration Service Points

Registration by declaration

A death should be registered in the district where it occurred. If it will be difficult for you to travel to the office within the district where the death occurred you can go to an office in a more convenient place in England or Wales.  Please bear in mind they can not register the death or issue the certificate for the funeral director or any other certificates.  They will note the information needed to register the death and send it to the office in the district where the death occurred. When these are received by the office where the death occurred they will complete the registration and send you all the documents you need by post a few days later.  This will cause delays for you in organising the funeral.

Before they can take any information from you the registrar must see the medical certificate issued by the doctor, or by a coroner if there has been a post mortem. If you do not have this certificate, you may need a notification from the Coroner. If there are any problems, the Registrar may not be able to take the information straight away.

Before you go to a register office outside the area where the death took place it would be a good idea to tell the following people:

  • The funeral director who is arranging the burial or cremation
  • The registrar for the district where the death took place, who will have to register the death.      

The law states that the following may register a death, in this order:

  • A relative of the deceased
  • A person present at the death
  • The occupier of the house or institution where the death took place if there is not anyone more qualified to register
  • The person who is arranging the funeral (that is, the person instructing the funeral director).     

Others may be qualified in specific circumstances.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact our office on 0300 303 2472 for advice

Before they can take any information from you the registrar must see the medical certificate issued by the doctor, or by a coroner if there has been a post mortem. If you do not have this certificate, you may need a notification from the Coroner. If there are any problems, the Registrar may not be able to take the information straight away.

It would be helpful if you could bring the medical card for the deceased together with any documents which would assist in ensuring an accurate registration.  Examples of helpful documents would be a birth or marriage certificate or perhaps a passport or driving licence.  This is not a legal requirement so would not delay the registration taking place however any correction after the registration has been completed can be complex and distressing for grieving families and so we want to ensure we avoid errors where possible.

The person who attends to register the death may also wish to bring some identification documents to assist with the process.  Again this is not a legal requirement but can make the process easier.


Please note to register a death you will need to make an appointment with the appropriate office or  To book an appointment online

 


 After Registration you will be issued with two forms:

  • A green form to take to the funeral directors to allow you to make arrangements for the burial or cremation. If the coroner has been involved then this may be issued by their office and not the Registrar. 
  • The Registration or Notification of Death Form is for Social Security purposes. Please read and complete the back of the form, returning it to any local Department of Social Security Office without delay - this relates to state pensions and benefits.     

You will also wish to purchase death certificates which are required by banks, building societies, solicitors or for some insurance and pension claims.  Photocopies are not acceptable so you may purchase as many certificates as you wish at the time of registration. 

To purchase a Registration Certificate at the time of registration the cost is

£ 4.00 each.

For purchasing the above please see the Registrar at the time of the registration.

To purchase a Registration Certificate after the time of registration the cost is   £ 7.00 each.

If you require a certificate after the registration then please contact Registration Service

 

When a certificate is required after approximately two months after the registration has taken place or if the register has been deposited to the Superintendent Registrar then please see Obtaining a copy certificate for information and cost.

If you would like to order a certificate online please see  Cumbria Certificate Services for this option.

All certificates purchased are Crown Copyright and may not be photocopied.

 

 

 

Registration of a death, including the document to enable you to arrange the burial or cremation and the certificate for Social Security is free of charge.

You will also wish to purchase death certificates which are required by banks, building societies, solicitors or for some insurance and pension claims.  Photocopies are not acceptable so you may purchase as many certificates as you wish at the time of registration. 

To purchase a Registration Certificate at the time of registration the cost is

£ 4.00 each.

For purchasing the above please see the Registrar at the time of the registration.

To purchase a Registration Certificate after the time of registration the cost is   £ 7.00 each.

If you require a certificate after the registration then please contact the Registration Service 

 

When a certificate is required after approximately two months after the registration has taken place or if the register has been deposited to the Superintendent Registrar then please see Obtaining a copy certificate for information and cost.

If you would like to order a certificate online please see  Cumbria Certificate Services for this option.

All certificates purchased are Crown Copyright and may not be photocopied.

We recommend that each parent/informant brings a form of identification to the registration as this is a legal document and it is essential that the information recorded is correct.

During the registration you will be asked by the registrar to check the information recorded in the register is correct.  It is important that you take the time to ensure you have given the correct information, but also that the registrar has recorded it correctly.

Please note after the registration has been completed and you have signed the document, any applications to correct the entry will incur a charge.

A charge of £  75 will be made to consider the request at your local registration office or alternatively if the request for a correction has to be made to the General Register Office then a fee of £  90 will apply.

Payment of this fee does not guarantee the correction will be granted and fees paid will notbe refunded if the request is denied.

 

When someone dies you may need to contact a wide variety of organisations to inform them of the death. Here are just some of those you may need to contact and perhaps send a copy of the death certificate:

  • vehicle registration and driving licence
  • passport
  • motoring insurance and breakdown policy providers 
  • insurance companies 
  • pension plans
  • bank and building society
  • credit card companies
  • utilities (gas, electricity, water, telephone)
  • employees or employers
  • council tax
  • benefit agency
  • income tax
  • mortgage
  • internet provider
  • child's school or childcare provider
  • doctors and dentists 
  • hospital clinics or private health care provider
  • solicitor    

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and each case will have different officials, organisations and people to advise.


It is important to note that if the deceased owned a vehicle then it may be no-one now has insurance cover to drive it. Many policies state that a vehicle may be driven by someone else with the owner's permission but as soon as the owner dies any such permission may cease. Contact the car insurance company before anyone drives the vehicle to make sure they are covered.

Tell Us Once

'Tell Us Once' has been introduced in England, Scotland and Wales which helps you tell the government just once about a person's death. For further information click on the following link:

Tell Us Once - how it could help you.

During the registration you will be asked by the registrar to check the information recorded in the register is correct.  It is important that you take the time to ensure you have given the correct information, but also that the registrar has recorded it correctly.

Please note after the registration has been completed and you have signed the document, any applications to correct the entry will incur a charge.

A charge of £ 75 will be made to consider the request at your local registration office or alternatively if the request for a correction has to be made to the General Register Office then a fee of £  90 will apply.

Payment of this fee does not guarantee the correction will be granted and fees paid will notbe refunded if the request is denied.

Important information

Contact Details

registrationservice@cumbria.
gov.uk

Tel: 0300 303 2472

 

 

HM Coroner

Information about the HM Coroner's Service in Cumbria