How to Register a Death

After an expected death the following information is to be provided to the district registrar under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953.

Information required to register a death

To register a death, the informant must be able to provide the register with the information listed below:

  • The date and place of death
  • The date and place of birth
  • The deceased full name
  • The deceased occupation
  •  If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower
  • The home address
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds

Along with this information, the deceased medical card should be presented.

For a death that occurs at a residency

  • Name of a relative of the deceased in attendance during their last illness
  • Name of a relative of the deceased residing or being in the sub district where death occurred
  • Name of a person present at death
  • Name of the person responsible for arranging the funeral

For a death away from the residency (for example a hospital) or when someone is found

  • Name of a relative of the deceased having knowledge of information required to register a death
  •  Name of any person present at the death
  •  Name of the person who found the body
  • Name of any person responsible for arranging the funeral


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