Visit GOV.UK for information on what to do after someone dies.
A death should normally be registered 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 are 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)
Registering a death which occurred outside of York
If you want to register a death which took place outside of York, you can make an appointment with the office where the person died or here in York.
If you choose to come to York, we'll provide the information to other office and they will register the death and issue your documents. This is called ‘registering a death by declaration’.
If you register a death by declaration you’ll usually have to wait a few days for the paperwork needed for the funeral and any death certificates you want.
Please contact us to find out more about this service or to book an appointment. Alternately, you can find the contact details of the local register office on GOV.UK.
Book an appointment to register a death
To register a death in York, you need an appointment at York Register Office.
If a coroner is investigating a death you cannot register the death 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 do not need to register the death; the coroner will inform the registrar once the inquest is over.
See details of current and upcoming inquests.
Registering a death
You must bring the medical certificate showing the cause of death, signed by a doctor to your appointment to register a death - if the Coroner's Office has been involved they'll advise you what to do.
You'll also be asked to provider details of:
- the date and place of death
- full name of the deceased person (and maiden surname, if appropriate)
- date and place of birth of the person who has died
- address of the person who has died
- last occupation of the person who has died, and whether they were retired
- whether the person who has died was married, widowed or a civil partner when they died
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or deceased spouse
- whether the person who has died was getting a State Pension, other benefits or any public sector (civil service, teacher, armed forces) pension
If possible, also bring the deceased person’s:
- birth, marriage, civil partnership, and deed poll certificates
- driving licence
- NHS medical card
- recent utility or Council Tax bill to use as proof of address
It's preferable if you also bring documents showing your name and address (utility bill, council tax bill, driving licence), but you can register a death without these.
The death will be recorded in the register and you'll be asked to carefully check and sign it. Once you've signed the register it could cost up to £90.00 to make corrections, and in some cases it won't be possible to change information recorded. Contact York Register Office if you need to amend any information recorded in the register.
When you register a death you’ll get:
- a 'green form' (Certificate for Burial or Cremation) giving permission for burial or an application for cremation
- a 'BD8 form' (Certificate of Registration of Death) to complete and return if the deceased person was getting a State Pension or benefits
You can buy death certificates at your appointment to register a death, these will be needed for dealing with the person’s affairs.
'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, telephone: 0207 5201430.