What to do after a Death
We are based at the Council House in the Old Market Square.
It's best to go to the Register Office in the area in which the person died, otherwise it may take longer to get the necessary documents and this could delay the funeral arrangements. You can register a death that has occurred within the city boundaries at Nottingham Register Office.
When to register
A death should normally be registered within 5 calendar days unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death. Registering will take about 30 minutes and is by appointment only
You can book an appointment by clicking here to visit the Death Registration Appointments online service or by telephone on 0115 841 5554.
Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.
If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:
- birth certificate
- Council Tax bill
- driving licence
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
- proof of address (eg utility bill)
Most deaths are registered by a relative - the registrar would normally only allow other people (listed below) if there are no relatives available.
If the person died at home or in hospital, the death can be registered by
- A relative
- A person present at the death
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew of it happening
- The person arranging the funeral (this does NOT mean the funeral director, it means the relative, friend or legal representative who is instructing the funeral director)
- An official from the hospital
The Registrar will interview you in private and will need to know the following information for recording in the Register.
You will need to tell the registrar
- The date and place of death
- The person's full name at time of death
- Any names previously used, including maiden surname
- The person's date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country only if born abroad)
- Their last address
- Their occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of a deceased or surviving spouse or civil partner
- Whether they were receiving a state pension or any other state benefit
The appointment will last about 30 minutes. You will need to sign the completed register entry to confirm that all the information is correct. Any errors can only be changed in accordance with the legal procedures and may cause delays. From 01/11/2017 there will be a statutory fee of £75 or £90 for the consideration of a correction. You should therefore check the register very carefully before you sign.
On completion of the registration, you will be issued with
- Certificate for Burial or Cremation (called the 'green form'). This gives permission for the body to be buried, or for an application for cremation to be made
- You will also receive a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8). This is issued for social security purposes if the person received a State pension or benefits (please read the information on the back, complete and return it, if it applies)
- Certified copies of the entry ("death certificates") may also be purchased at the time of registration at a cost of £11.00 each. These will be needed by the executor or administrator when sorting out the person's affairs
At Northern (Bulwell) and Southern (Wilford Hill) cemeteries, there are special areas set aside for babies.
Designed in consultation with the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS), the Nottinghamshire Bereavement Trust, Chaplaincies of the University and City Hospitals and the Kings Mill Centre for Healthcare Services, the gardens aim to provide peaceful place for remembrance and contemplation.
Burials take place in small plots and cremated remains can be scattered on lawns close to a memorial set aside in a special area in remembrance of all the babies that have been buried or cremated. Small memorials may be erected on the burial plots in keeping with the design of the section and at the Southern Cemetery (Wilford Hill), a memorial column is situated in the babies' garden where a black granite plaque may be fixed, with or without a motif, which provides an attractive memorial tribute.
A Babies Book of Remembrance is also provided at both the Northern and Southern Cemeteries to enable an inexpensive, yet permanent, memorial to be made. A page is provided for every day of the year and the book will be open at the appropriate page each day. Arrangements may be made directly at the relevant cemetery office to view pages for days not displayed at the time of a visit.
Memorial cards are available to provide a replica of the entry in the Book of Remembrance which are suitable to send to distant relatives or friends or as a keepsake if a regular visit to the cemetery is not possible.
In the UK, when a baby or child dies, or a child is bereaved, many of those affected are unable to access good quality support which meets their individual needs. Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our aim is to make sure they do. For more information or to support the work of the charity, please email: email@example.com visit our website: www.childbereavementuk.org or call 01494 568900 Support & Information line.
To help you further we've put together a simple checklist of all the things you need to do after a death. If you would like to print or save a copy then use the PDF link below.
The registrar will also give you a booklet called 'What to do after a death'. This offers advice on probate and other administrative issues that will need to be done around this time. You can also download a copy below.
You'll need permission from a coroner before a body can be moved out of England and Wales.
The rules are complicated but the coroner's office will be able to give you information about what you need to do. The coroner will let you know when the body can be moved. This is usually after four days, but in special circumstances the coroner can agree for the body to be moved sooner. For further information please contact the Coroner's Office on 0115 841 5553
When religion requires a burial within England or Wales and within 24 hours of death, a registrar will be available to issue the necessary forms on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between the hours of 10 and 12. They can be contacted by telephoning 07899 060396
When someone dies, there can often be a number of government departments and agencies to notify.
For example, a passport or driving licence may need to be cancelled, or benefits stopped.
The Tell Us Once service is designed to make things simpler for you, by helping you give this information to government only once.
If I take part in Tell Us Once, what government departments and organisations can be told about the death?
Tell Us Once can notify the following departments after you have registered a death
- Adult Social Services
- Attendance Allowance
- Blue Badge parking permit
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Children's services
- Council housing
- Council tax
- Council Tax Benefit
- Disability Living Allowance
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
- Employment Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Job Jobseeker's Allowance
- Library services
- Overseas Health Team
- Owed payments to council
- Passport Service
- Personal taxation
- Tax help for older people
- War Pensions scheme
- Working Tax Credit
Where applicable, Tell Us Once will pass details to these departments on your behalf. The departments you choose to notify will contact you directly if they need any more information to process your change in circumstances.
Following the registration of the death, the registrar will set up the deceased's details on the Tell Us Once national database. This usually takes around five minutes at the end of the registration. Your registrar will then provide you with a unique Tell Us Once reference number.
You can access the Tell Us Once service by telephone on 0800 085 7308 or online. Click here to visit the Tell Us Once service online.
The Death Notification Service is a free, online service that allows you to notify participating banks and building societies of the death of a family member, friend or other acquaintance.
By completing the form at deathnotificationservice.co.uk you can make one quick and straightforward notification that will then be used to contact all the participating organisations that you select.
Each bank or building society will then contact you within 10 days to advise you of the next steps, which will be specific to the types of accounts and products the deceased held.
Which Companies are involved?
Details of the organisations that are part of the service can be found here:
If the Bank or Building Society that you need to notify is not yet part of the service, then you will need to contact them directly to inform them of the death.
What information will I need to provide?
To use the service you will need the following details of the person who has died:
- Full Name
- Date of birth
- Date of death
- Last address
- Death Certificate number (if known)
It is also helpful to the organisations if you can provide the account details such as sort code, account number or confirmation that a credit card was held, but these details are not mandatory to be able to submit the notification.
You will also be asked as part of the notification to provide your name, date of birth and address details for identification purposes. If you are not the person dealing with the estate you can also advise of who is, if that is a solicitor or other individual.
What happens when I use the service?
Once the form has been completed, confirmation of receipt will be provided by the Death Notification Service and the relevant organisations notified. The notified organisations will update their records and advise the individual of the next steps including any further action they will need to take. Notifiers can expect to receive communication from individual firms within 10 calendar days.
More useful information on the service can be found at:
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