Visit GOV.UK for information on what to do after someone dies.
You should normally register a death in the area where the person died, within 5 days. A funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered.
You can register a death if you're a relative of the person who's died, or:
- were present when it happened
- are responsible for making funeral arrangements
- administer the property where the person died (such as care home manager or hospital officer)
Book an appointment to register a death
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, York Register Office is closed and appointments to register a death are currently only available by telephone.
See further information about how to register a death by telephone.
You will then be able to request a death certificate online, but you must complete a telephone appointment before you request your certificate.
Registering a death which occurred outside of York
To register a death which took place outside of York, make an appointment with the register office where the person died or here in York.
If a coroner is investigating a death, you can't register it until they issue the relevant information, so they'll advise you when to make an appointment (within 7 days of the death).
If an inquest is held, you don't need to register the death. The coroner will inform the registrar once the inquest is over.
See details of current and upcoming inquests.
Amending information about a death in the register
We'll record the death in the register and ask you to carefully check and sign it. Once you've signed the register, it could cost up to £90 to make corrections, and in some cases it won't be possible to change the recorded information.
Contact York Register Office if you need to amend any information recorded in the register.
'Tell us once' service
Find out more about our 'Tell us once' bereavement service.
If English is not your first language
If English is not your first language and you'd like someone to help you register a death, you can ask a relative or friend to come with you to your appointment.
The Government Language Line service can help you with translation on telephone: 0207 5201430.
York Register Office
York Register Office Emergency Contact
Emergency contact is available from 10.00am to 11.00am on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (not Christmas Day), should you need to contact York Register Office about an emergency funeral for religious reasons.