When a death occurs, it is a difficult time for everyone. We are here to help you and make the process of registering the death as simple and easy as possible.
Registering a death
You must book an appointment to register a death.
You must register a death within five days unless the coroner is involved.
You must have a medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor to book an appointment to register the death.
If the death has been Reported to a coroner, they will inform you when you are able to make an appointment to register the death.
If you are registering a death which occurred outside Kirklees we send the details to the district where it occurred. They are responsible for issuing a death certificate and paperwork for the funeral.
You can choose to use the Tell us once service, which notifies multiple local and national government agencies on your behalf.
Who should register the death
A relative should register the death.
If a relative can't register the death, you can do it if you:
- were there at the time of death
- are an administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
- are in charge of making funeral arrangements
There is no charge for the death registration itself or the Tell Us Once service. If you require death certificates, any number of these may be purchased on the day of registration for a cost of £4 each. The cost of certificates purchased after the day of registration increase as the register is completed and archived.
Book an appointment to register a death and the Tell us once service
Fill in our online form
ClockCompleting this form takes around 15 minutes.
Paperclip To complete this form you will need; the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor or hospital, or where the death was referred to the coroner, you have the relevant reference number.Book an appointment online
After you've booked
You will have a date, time and location to attend to register the death.
What the registrar needs to know
- the person's full name at the time of death
- any names previously used, eg maiden name
- the person's date and place of birth
- their last address
- their occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
- whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits
What you should bring to the appointment
- Medical certificate of death issued by a doctor, unless a coroner has advised you that one isn't needed
- You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.
If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person's:
- birth certificate
- Council Tax bill
- driving licence
- marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
- medical card, (NHS Card)
- a document with the person's usual address.
Please note that you are not legally required to bring these documents but if you do, they can help to ensure that the registration is completed accurately.
What the registrar will give you
When you register a death you'll get:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) gives permission for burial or an application for cremation. It should be taken to the funeral director so that the funeral can be held;
- give you a Certificate of Registration of Death (BD8) - this is for Social Security purposes only. If you are using the Tell us once service your Pension Centre will be informed automatically. If not, you will need to use this form to notify them of a change in circumstances.
You can buy extra death certificates - these will be needed for Sorting out the person's affairs.
In Kirklees there are two register offices one in Huddersfield and the other in Dewsbury. See Register offices for contact details and directions.