Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD)

The hospital or surgery which dealt with the death your loved one will email the document to our office and tell you they have done so.

If you have already collected the MCCD you can either scan and send a Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) or post it through the letter box at one of the town halls, preferably 24 hours before the appointment.

The letter box at Dewsbury Town Hall is at the side entrance on Wakefield Road. There is a canopy over the entrance.

The letter box at Huddersfield Town Hall is at the Corporation Street entrance.

Registering a death

The Coronavirus Act 2020 will expire at midnight on 24 March 2022. After this a death will need to be registered in person rather than by telephone.

You must book an appointment to register a death.

A death must be registered in the district where it occurred. It should be registered within five days unless the coroner is involved.

When you must book your appointment by
Day of death Latest registration day
Monday Friday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Monday
Thursday Tuesday
Friday Wednesday
Saturday Thursday
Sunday Friday

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.

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 registering a death. Forms will be given to you free of charge for use by the funeral director and the Department of Work and Pensions.

You may purchase copies of the register entry in the form of a death certificate on the day of registration.

They cost £11.00 each. Payment can be made by credit or debit card or online after the appointment.

Registrars fees

Book an appointment to register a death

For information about how we store your data please read the Kirklees Registration Service Privacy Notice

Fill in our online form

Clock Completing this form takes around 15 minutes.

Paperclip Medical cause of death certificates are sent directly to the registration service by the doctor or hospital, no documents are required prior to registration.

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, e.g. 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 do not 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)
  • passport
  • 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 complete 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.
  • Give you a Tell Us Once reference number and letter explaining how you can automatically inform a number of departments including the Department for Work and Pensions, Kirklees Council, DVLA, Passport Office and HM Revenue and Customs

You can buy extra death certificates - these will be needed for Sorting out the person's affairs.

There is a free, easy-to-use service which allows families to inform companies such as banks, insurance, gas, water, telecoms and social media, connected to the deceased, from one place. This service is called Life Ledger, and you can visit their website and register an account.

Register offices

In Kirklees there are two register offices one in Huddersfield and the other in Dewsbury. See Register offices for contact details and directions.

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