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Registering a death

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)

At the appointment you'll be asked to confirm:

  • your full name
  • address
  • relationship to the deceased or why you're able to register

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Registering a death in York

In England and Wales the death must be registered at the register office in the area where the death occurred.

The medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) will be issued directly to us from the doctor. Once we've received the MCCD, and received your email, we'll call you to arrange an appointment at West Offices.

It's very important that the information registered is accurate because the register entry is a legal record and difficult to correct at a later date.

The appointment will take approximately 40 minutes.

Book an appointment to register a death

Please ensure that the Doctor or Medical Examiner, has confirmed that this certificate has been forwarded to us prior to requesting to book an appointment. We'll need this to complete the registration.

Email: to arrange an appointment to register a death in person at West Offices; details you must include in your email are:

  • name of the person who has died
  • date and place of death
  • name, contact number and email address of the person registering the death
  • name of the funeral director (if known)

You must telephone: 01904553190 to change or cancel your appointment.

Only certain people are allowed by law to register a death. These include:

  • a relative
  • someone who was present at the death
  • someone who lived in the house where the person died
  • someone who is responsible for arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)
  • a responsible person from the hospital or nursing / residential home where the person died

Request a death certificate

If you have made an appointment to register a death, you can order and pay for your certificates in advance.

The registrar will give you your certificates at the appointment. Please order ‘standard certificates’ then select the ‘Collect’ option when placing your order.

Request a death certificate

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Registering a death which occurred outside of York

To register a death which took place outside of York, contact the register office where the person died. You can find the right register office for your area on GOV.UK.

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Coroner investigations

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 on the North Yorkshire Council website.

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.

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'Tell us once' service

The registrar will provide an additional service called ‘tell us once’ which can be used immediately after the registration of the death. This service will inform other government departments and local council services who need to be told of the death.

Find out more about our 'Tell us once' bereavement service.

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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.

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If you wish to take the body abroad

If you wish to take the body abroad, you must give written notice to the coroner, who will tell you within 4 days whether further enquiries are needed.

If the death occurred abroad, read information about bringing the body back to England or Wales.

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Also see

York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 553190

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.

Telephone: 07786747859