Deaths and 'Tell us once'

Who can register a death

Here are details of who can register a death depending on where the death happened.

If the death happened in a house or hospital, it can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • an occupant of the house
  • an official from the hospital
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors 

Deaths that occurred anywhere else can be registered by: 

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the person who found the body
  • the person in charge of the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people to complete the registration if there are no relatives available.

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