Where do I register a death?

Where do I Register a death?

People who can legally register a death are:

  • A relative.
  • A person present at the death.
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew about it.
  • The person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker).

A death needs to be registered within five days unless a Coroner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances. Deaths must be registered at the Register Office for the place where the death occurred.

Make an appointment

For deaths in Newcastle upon Tyne you register the death at:

The Register Office
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for Registrars.

Appointments are necessary, these are available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm.  You can make an appointment by phoning the number above.

 What information will I need to take

A Registrar will ask you for the following information:

  • The date and place of death.
  • The full name and surname of the person who has died.
  • Their address.
  • Maiden surname, any other names used, if applicable.
  • The date and place of birth.
  • If the deceased was married, widowed or registered a formal civil partnership, the full name and occupation of their spouse or formal civil partner.
  • The date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner.
  • Details of any public sector pension e.g. civil service, teacher or armed forces.


When you have registered the death, the registrar will give you a green certificate (for which there is no charge) to give to the funeral director. This allows either burial or cremation to go ahead.

Death certificate

The death certificate is a copy of the entry made by the registrar in the death register. This certificate is needed to deal with money or property left by the person who has died, including dealing with the will. You may need several copies of the certificate, for which there will be a charge of £4.00 per copy.

Tell Us Once 

Tell us once is a service which is run on behalf of the Department of working pensions DWP.  The Service allows you to notify various services and departments of the recent death in a one off form rather than having to write numerous letters to different places.

Tell Us Once will notify:

You’ll need the following details of the person who died:

  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • driving licence number
  • passport number

You’ll also need:

  • details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, eg State Pension
  • details of any local council services they were getting, eg Blue Badge
  • the name and address of their next of kin
  • the name, address and contact details of the person or company dealing with their estate (property, belongings and money), known as their ‘executor’ or ‘administrator’

Here is a link which will take you directly to the site you will need. Click here


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