Registering a death

All deaths must be registered. Registration should normally take place within 5 days of death unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances relating to the death. This 5 day period may be extended to 14 days in certain circumstances.



Bugle Street,


SO14 2LX

Tel: 023 8063 3631


Milldam House,

Burnaby Road,



Tel: 023 9282 9041


The Registrar 4-8,

Osborn Road South,


PO16 7DG

Tel: 01329 281 244


Town Hall,

High Street,


PO12 1EB

Tel: 023 9258 0629

Who is eligible to register the death?

•  A relative of the deceased who was present at the death

•  A relative of the deceased who has been in attendance during the last illness

•  A relative of the deceased, residing or being in the sub-district where the death occurred

•  A person present at the death

•  The occupier if he knew of the happening of the death, e.g. matron or warden in residential establishments

•  The person arranging and paying for the disposal of the body

What documents are required?

•  The medical certificate of cause of death – if the Coroner is involved the Coroner’s Office will advise you what to do

•  The deceased person’s birth certificate or passport (if available) will be helpful

•  The deceased person’s medical card (not essential)

What questions will I be asked?

•  The date and place of death

•  The full name and surname, and any previous names

•  Their date of birth and where they were born

•  Occupation or occupation before retirement

•  Their address

•  Your name and address