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How to register a death

The death must be registered with any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the County where the death occurred. This should be done within five working days following the death, as long as there has been no problem establishing the cause and circumstances of the death. Our local Registrar contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Registrar will need the following information:

a) The Medical Certificate showing the cause of death
b) The full names of the deceased person (and any other names they once had)
c) The date and place of death
d) The usual address of the deceased
e) Their date and place of birth
f) Their most recent occupation
g) The name, occupation and date of birth of their spouse or civil partner

You should also take these if possible:

a) The deceased person’s medical card or NHS number
b) The deceased person’s birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates, if available.

If you cannot locate these, don’t worry; just explain this to the Registrar.

Certificates issued by the Registrar

1) Certified Copy of an Entry in the Register of Deaths (White).
Often referred to as 'The Death Certificate'. This certificate is the document that Banks, Building Societies etc will require. A small charge of £4.00 is made for each copy and we strongly advise you purchase a least three copies of this. Photocopies are often accepted for retention, but invariably officials will require sight of the original. We do not need a copy of this certificate, but we will be happy to photocopy them for you.

2) The Registrar's Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green).
We, your Funeral Director, require this before the burial or cremation can take place. It is then passed onto the appropriate authorities. We are also usually asked to produce this certificate to hospital mortuaries when collecting the deceased.

3) DWP Certificate of Registration / Notification of Death (White).
This is not a death certificate, it only has one purpose and that is to be forwarded to the DWP with any pension books or state claiming books that are necessary. There are a few simple questions that need completing on the reverse side and we would advise you to then post these documents to your usual or nearest branch.


A death certificate costs £4 on the day of registration, £7 thereafter while the registrar holds the register, and then £10 if you purchase it at a later date.

Local Registrar Details

Strictly by Appointment Only

To make an appointment to register a death at any of the registration offices below please call 0345 603 7632.

Braintree Library, Fairfield Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3YL
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm
No appointments on Tuesday before 1:00pm

Registrar Office, Witham Library, 18 Newland Street, Witham, Essex, CM8 2AQ
Opening Hours: Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm

Registrar Office, 17 Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GF
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Registrar Office, Stanwell House, Stanwell Street, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7DL
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Death outside Essex
If the death occurred outside of Essex or in Thurrock or Southend, please call
0345 603 7632.


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