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)
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.
Registering a death 'by declaration'
If you choose to come to York, we'll provide the information to the other register office and they'll:
- register the death
- issue your documents
When 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.
Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.
Alternatively, find contact details of local register offices (GOV.UK).
Book an appointment to register a death
To register a death in York, book an appointment at York Register Office.
Deaths at York Hospital
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.
Registering a death
To register a death, you must bring the medical certificate showing the cause of death, signed by a doctor.
If the Coroner's Office has been involved, they'll advise you what to do.
You'll also be asked to provide details of:
- the date and place of death
- full name of the deceased person (and maiden surname, if appropriate)
- the place and date of birth of the person who's died
- address of the person who's died
- last occupation of the person who's died, and whether they were retired
- whether the person who's died was married, widowed or had a civil partner when they died
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or deceased spouse
- whether the person who's 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.
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
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.
You can buy death certificates at your appointment to register a death - you'll need these 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 on telephone: 0207 5201430.