Austin's Funeral Guide - Registering the Death

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Registering a death...

Once the Medical Certificate has been issued the death must be registered at the Registry Office in the sub-district where the death occurred. This must be carried out within 5 days of the death. It is necessary to make an appointment to attend the local Registry Office.

Local registry offices

  • Stevenage Danesgate, Stevenage - 01438 316681
  • Hitchin Centenary House, Grammar School Walk, Hitchin - 01438 316681
  • Welwyn & Hatfield, 19b St. Albans Road East, Hatfield - 01707 283920
  • Hertford & Ware, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford - 01992 555590
  • Buntingford, 2 Hockerill Street, Bishops Stortford - 01279 651318

If you are unable to attend the Registry Office, which covers the area where the death occurred you may attend a Registry office of your choice with the particulars of the deceased, in order to make a declaration. This will then be forwarded to the sub-district where the death took place for registration. In such cases, there may be some delay in the certificates being released. The arrangements for the funeral can not proceed until the death has been registered.

When registering the death the following documentation and information will be required:

  • he Medical Certificate of the cause of death
  • The deceased’s Medical Card, if possible
  • The deceased’s birth and marriage certificates, if available
  • The date and place of death
  • The full name of the deceased and maiden name,where appropriate
  • The usual address of the deceased
  • The date and place of birth of the deceased
  • The deceased’s occupation and name and occupation of their spouse
  • Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds
  • The date of birth of any surviving spouse

On completion of registration, the registrar will issue the following:

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation
  • This is a green form, which should be brought to us in order that the arrangements for the funeral may proceed.
  • A Certification of Registration of Death {form BD8}

This is for Social Security purposes in order that the payment of pensions and allowances may be cancelled.