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What the registrar will give you after a death


If a post-mortem is not needed: the Registrar will give you these documents after registering a death:-

  • a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (called the green form), giving permission for the funeral director to make the necessary arrangements for the funeral 
  • a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) issued for social security purposes if the person received a state pension or benefits and a tell us once unique reference number.
  • Certified copies of the death entry

If a post-mortem is needed: the coroner will issue any necessary documents as quickly as possible afterwards.

For more information on what to do when someone dies please click here.