How to Register a Death

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How to Register a Death

Alfred Smith Funeral Director and Monumental Mason can help families to register a death in Rose Hill, Streatham and surrounding areas.

Usually it is a family member that will register the death. However, if a relative is not available the law allows certain other people to register:

  • Someone present at death
  • Someone who lived in the house where the person died
  • The person responsible for making funeral arrangements i.e. executor
  • A responsible person from the hospital or home where the person died

When a death occurs it must be registered within 5 days and at the registrar for the area in which the death took place.

Death Certificate

The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the hospital or GP if the person died at home or in private residential care. If the coroner is involved, he will issue the form for registration and send it to the register office once a post mortem has taken place.

  • The date and place of death
  • The NHS number of the person that has died
  • The full name of the person that has died
  • Any other names the person may have been known by, for example if the person has changed their name by deed poll
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Their occupation and whether they were retired
  • Their usual address
  • Their surname before marriage or civil partnership
  • The full name and occupation of the wife, husband or civil partner


You will also need to give your full name and address and state your relationship to the deceased.

  • A green form to be given to the funeral director allowing the funeral to proceed
  • A white form (BD8) to be sent to the Dept of Work and Pensions giving details of pension or benefits
  • A death certificate, there will be a minimal charge for this

If you have any queries about the process of registering a death, please contact us.

Local Registry Offices

Sutton Registry Office

25 Worcester Rd, Sutton SM2 6PR
Tel. 020 8770 6790

Merton Registry Office

Morden Park House, London Rd, Morden SM4 5QU
Tel. 020 8274 5777

Epsom Registry Office

The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom Surrey KT18 5BY
Tel. 01372 732000

Croydon Registry Office

Croydon Town Hall, Fell Rd, Croydon CR0 1NX
Tel. 020 8726 6300

Lambeth Registry Office

Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW
Tel. 020 7926 9420

Leatherhead Registry Office

The Mansion, 70 Church St, Leatherhead KT22 8DP
Tel. 0300 200 1002

Wandsworth Registry Office

113 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 2PT
Tel. 020 8871 6120

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