3. What documents do I need?
Unless the coroner is involved you just need the medical certificate of cause of death which was issued by the doctor treating the person who has died. The registrar will need to refer to it when making the registration. If possible you should also bring the deceased's NHS medical card.
The registrar will ask you for the following details:
- the date and place of death
- the full name and surname of the deceased and any other names they may have been known by
- the maiden surname of a married woman
- the date and place of their birth
- their occupation
- the name and occupation of husband or wife if the deceased person was a married
- their usual address
- whether the deceased person was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
- if the deceased person was married, the date of birth of a surviving widow or widower.
You will not be asked about the cause of death, as the registrar will take this information from the certificate issued by the doctor.
It is very important that all the information in the register is completely correct as mistakes can take quite a bit of time and trouble to put right. This is why the person registering the death should check the information very carefully before signing the register.