Registering a Death
Deaths must be registered within 5 days. Unless a coroner is
All deaths must be registered with the Registrar of Births and
Deaths in the area where the death occurred.
You can book an appointment to
register a death online, or by calling us
on 01234 718 028.
If you need to register a stillbirth please do not book online,
please call us on 01234 718 028 and speak to a Registrar who can
talk you through the process. You can also e-mail us on email@example.com.
You have 42 days in which to register a stillbirth.
If the coroner has been
involved, please contact us by calling 01234 718 028.
If the death occurred in Bedford Borough, but you cannot attend
the Register Office in Bedford, you can register the death by
making a declaration to any Registrar of Births and Deaths in
England or Wales. They will forward the details of the death to the
correct registration district, who will record the event. If you
wish to purchase any death certificates you will need to call the
Register Office where the death will be
registered and order them. Please note this can
cause delays with funeral arrangements therefore we advise you to
register the death in the area where the death occurred if
Who can register a death?
A death can be registered by:
- a relative of the person who has died
- a person present at the time of the death
- the person who is arranging the funeral (i.e. the person
instructing the funeral director)
- the occupier of the house or institution where the person has
died (if no-one else is available)
You may bring a friend or relative with you, please do not worry
about the registration, if you are upset the registrar will
What you need to bring
The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the
doctor or hospital. We cannot register the death without
When you attend your appointment the registrar
will ask you for the following information;
- when and where the person died
- their name and address
- their date and place of birth
- their occupation
- your name and address as the informant
If they were married or widowed or were in a civil
partnership we will also need to know;
- the full name and occupation of their wife/husband
- their wife/husband's date of birth of the surviving
- if they were female, their maiden name
- if they were in a civil partnership we will need to
know the name, date of birth, and occupation of their civil
If you can bring any documents with you that confirm the above
information it will help the Registrar to ensure the accuracy of
the record. Please do not worry if you cannot find some
documents, we can register the death without them as long as you
know the information.
e.g. passports, council tax bill/utility bill, driving licences,
marriage/civil partnership certificate, birth certificates, deed
poll documents, NHS medical card, your passport/driving licence and
proof of your address as the informant.
It is free to register a death and you will receive the
following documents automatically and without charge:
- a green form to be given to the funeral director (if the
coroner has not already issued a cremation form)
- a white BD8 form to be completed and sent by you, with any
benefit or pension details to the Department of Work and
- within 48 hours of the appointment you will be given a code to
use the Tell us Once service
You will almost certainly require at least one death certificate
in order to deal with the deceased's affairs. All certificates
cost £4 at the time of the appointment, the cost does
increase if ordered after this time. We therefore
recommend that you decide how many you require before attending
Appointments are 30 minutes long.
If you have any queries or concerns please call us on 01234 718
028 and speak to a Registrar who can discuss them with you.
For information and advice about Cremation, Cemeteries,
memorials and monuments, or for help and advice regarding financial
support towards the cost of a funeral please visit Bedford Borough
Council's Bereavement Services page.
If you are interested in arranging a Civil Funeral please
visit our Celebratory Ceremonies