Births, deaths and marriages

Registering a death

Visiting York Register Office

For the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, York Register Office is currently closed to the public, other than by appointment.

Unless you have an appointment or are attending a ceremony, please do not visit in person.

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)

Register a death in York

Following government guidance on coronavirus, for the safety of our staff and customers, and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, we’ve adapted our services for registering a death in York. York Register Office is closed to the public, and you can only register a death by telephone.

Email: to arrange an appointment to register a death by telephone; details you must include 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)

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 about the registration.

Request a death certificate

You can request a death certificate online, but you must complete a telephone appointment first.

Request a death certificate

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.

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 County 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.

'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.

Also see

York Register Office

56 Bootham, York, YO30 7DA

Telephone: 01904 654477

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