Register a death
You need an appointment to register a death at the Royal Borough of Greenwich register office.
To book an appointment, call 020 8921 5015 (Monday to Friday).
You should register a death within five days. If you need to arrange an urgent burial for religious timescales, you can get a burial order without registration.
If there are complications, a coroner will need to be involved and the death can't be registered until any investigation is complete. Read more about what happens when a death is reported to a coroner (Gov.UK).
If you want to register a neonatal death, you should read the guidance below.
To register a stillbirth, read the guidance on registering a stillbirth (Gov.UK) or contact the register office.
Registering a death by declaration
You must register a death in the district where it occurred.
If you can't go to the registration office in the district where the death occurred, you can register the death at another district. For example, you can register a death that occurred in Kent through the Royal Borough of Greenwich registrar. This is called registering a death by declaration.
To register a death by declaration, you need to make an appointment at the register office of your choice. The registrar will send the details of the death to the registration office in the district where the death occurred.
You won't be able to get the death certificate until the death has been registered at the district where the death occurred.
Who can register the death
A relative of the deceased or a person who was present at the death should register the death.
If neither is available, the next best person is:
For deaths in houses (including communal housing or hospitals)
- the occupier of the house if he or she knew that the death had happened
- any resident of the house if he or she knew that the death had happened
- the person making the funeral arrangements.
For deaths elsewhere or dead bodies found, the next best person is:
- any person who found the body
- any person in charge of the body
- the person making the funeral arrangements
What you need to take to your appointment
You need to take the medical certificate of death to your appointment - you'll usually be given this by a doctor at the hospital or by a GP.
You'll need to provide the following information about the deceased:
- their date of birth
- where they were born
- their occupation
- their address
- your name and address (as the person reporting the death).
If the deceased was a married woman, you'll also need to provide:
- her name before she was married
- her husband's (or late husband's) date of birth
- her husband's (or late husband's) occupation.
At the appointment
At your appointment, the registrar will offer you the government's Tell Us Once service. If you accept, they'll give you a reference number to use the service.
You can get a copy of the death certificate at the time of registration. It'll cost £4. If you want to get a copy of a death certificate after registration, it'll cost £10.
The registrar will also give you a form for burial or cremation.
Register a neonatal death
A neonatal death is the death of a live-born child who dies within the first 28 days of life.
You must register both birth and death for babies who die after birth.
You'll be asked to provide the following information:
- the mother's name, date of birth and place of birth
- the father's name, date of birth and place of birth
- the date and time of the baby's delivery
- the baby's name
- the date and time of the baby's death - this is on the medical certificate of death.