Who can register a 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