You must register a death within five days:
- at York Register Office is it covers the area where the death happened
- by supplying information to a registrar in another district
You must bring the death certificate, giving the cause of death, issued by the doctor or the hospital.
If a post mortem examination is needed, the death cannot be registered until the coroner issues the death certificate. In these cases the coroner's officer will advise you when to make an appointment to register the death.
People who can register a death
You can register if you are:
- a relative or spouse (including a civil partner) of the person who has died
- not related to the person who has died, but you were present at their death
- the person instructing the funeral director
- the occupier of the establishment where the death happened
Information needed to register a death
When you register a death you'll need to provide:
- the date and place of death
- the full name of the person who has died
- the date and place of birth of the person who has died
- the home address of the person who has died
- the last occupation of the person who has died, and whether they were retired
- whether the person who has died was married when they died
If the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership (or they were a widow/widower of marriage or civil partnership) we’ll need to know their spouse's full name and occupation. Alternatively, we will ask for the date of birth of any spouse still living.
Documents relating to a death
To register a death you'll need:
- the medical certificate which gives the cause of death, unless the coroner has carried out a post mortem
- the birth certificate of the person who has died, if possible
- the medical card of the person who has died, if possible
When you register a death you’ll receive a green form to give to the funeral director to allow arrangements to be made for cremation or burial, unless the coroner has been involved.
You'll also receive a white form to complete for the Department of Work and Pensions.
Death certificates cost £4.00 each if you buy them at the time of registration.
'Tell us once' service
Find out more about our bereavement services and the 'tell us once' service we can provide.