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Registration 

All deaths have to be registered – usually within five days.

If this is not possible, we will advise you about Registration by Declaration

A next of kin or executor have a legal obligation to do this – if this is not possible you should inform the Registrar. The death is normally registered in the District in which it occurred. If this is not possible, we will advise you about Registration by Declaration.

Currently all deaths are registered by telephone. You will need to make an appointment
(See below) and the Registrar will call you at the appointed time.

Registering A Death

In the Weymouth, Portland and Surrounding Areas

To Book an appointment        

Phone: 01305 225153

Who’s allowed

Who should register a death

A relative or executor should register the death.
If this is not possible, you can do it if you:

  • were there at the time of death
  • are a senior administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
  • are the manager of the care home where the person died
  • are the occupier of the building where the person died
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements
    if no one else is available, the funeral director may register the death
  • were there at the time of death
  • are a senior administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
  • are the manager of the care home where the person died
  • are the occupier of the building where the person died
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements
    if no one else is available, the funeral director may register the death

What you will need to do:

Make sure the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) has been sent to the Registrar

If the Coroner has ordered a post-mortem no medical certificate will be issued, and the coroner will advise you when the death can be registered.

Make sure the Registrar has the correct information for your appointment they recommend you have access to the deceased’s:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
  • medical card or NHS number
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

You will need to tell the Registrar:

  • the person’s full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, e.g., maiden name
  • the person’s date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

Documents the Registrar will Issue:

  • The Certificate for Burial or Cremation
    (The ‘green form’)
  • Death Certificates – Required for administering the deceased’s estate. These cost £11 each.

If the Coroner has ordered a post-mortem no medical certificate will be issued, and the coroner will advise you when the death can be registered.

Make sure the Registrar has the correct information for your appointment they recommend you have access to the deceased’s:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
  • medical card or NHS number
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
    (if applicable)

You will need to tell the Registrar:

  • the person’s full name at the
    time of death
  • any names previously used,
    e.g., maiden name
  • the person’s date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

Documents the Registrar will Issue:

  • The Certificate for Burial or Cremation
    (The ‘green form’)
  • Death Certificates – Required for administering the deceased’s estate. These cost £11 each.

It’s advisable to pay for multiple copies of the death certificate as you will need to give originals to most companies. Copies may not be acceptable. 

    It’s advisable to pay for multiple copies of the death certificate as you will need to give originals to most companies. Copies may not be acceptable. 

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      01305 76 76 76

      Find Us At

      Milton House | 1 Milton Rd
      Weymouth | Dorset | DT4 0AZ

      Cotton & Son Limited

      Registered in England & Wales
      Registration No. 04099868

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