What to do After a Death
You can register a death at the central registrars in Nottingham, and also at various locations including the City Hospital and QMC. To register a death at either hospitals or at the Register Office an appointment will need to be made.
- Registering a Death
- Deaths of babies
- Choosing a grave
- Types of Burial
- The Nottingham Funeral
Where to register a death which occurred within the City of Nottingham
Every death must be registered in the Register Office for the District in which it occurred. Click here to learn more about the 'Tell us Once' campaign
Please note: if you are using the registrars services at the hospitals, they cannot accept any card payments or cheques, cash only.
When must a death be registered
A death normally needs to be registered within five days, unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances relating to the death (an Inquest). The five day period may be extended in certain circumstances.
Who is qualified to register a death (The 'Informant')
The death must be registered by an Informant who has the legal authority and responsibility to do so. This includes:
- 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)
What documents does an Informant need to bring when registering a Death
A medical certificate of cause of death will be issued by the doctor who was treating the person who has died. This will normally be handed to you in a sealed brown envelope addressed to the Registrar at the relevant Register Office. You must take this to the Registrar.
In some instances, for example when the death is unexpected and/or the doctor cannot be sure of the cause of death, the Coroner may decide to hold a post mortem to determine the cause of death. You will be informed of this, and the Coroner's Office (rather than the doctor) will issue a certificate and tell you when you will be able to register the death.