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How to register the death of a loved one

Registering a Death


All deaths, expected or otherwise need to be registered prior to any funeral. This is often done by a relative, friend, a person present at the death or a person who lives at the house where the death has occurred. This should be done as soon as possible to not delay in getting the necessary documents.

To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the register office. To register a death in Stoke-on-Trent, contact can the Register Office at Hanley Town Hall, Albion Street, Hanley.

You will need to give the Registrar:

  • The full name of the person who has died including passport and NHS medical card
  • Proof of their full address such as utility bill or bank statement
  • Their date of birth including birth certificate
  • Change of name documents, if relevant
  • Details of where and when the person died
  • Their occupation


If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.


Documentation and certification you will need to give the Registrar:

  • Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by a doctor).


At the register office the Registrar will issue you with:

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as a green form), which you should give to your Funeral Director as soon as possible. In certain circumstances the Coroner may provide you with an alternative certificate to allow burial or cremation to take place.

A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8/344), which you should fill in and send to the Social Security Office for the area where the person died

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