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Register a death

The death of a loved one is a time of great sadness. That’s why we aim to make the process of registering a death, as simple as possible.

Step one: know the essentials

A death usually needs to be registered within 5 days (unless the death has been reported to a coroner) and be registered in the district where the person died.

You’ll need to register the death before you can get the documents you need to arrange a funeral and sort out the deceased’s estate.

If someone has died abroad, please follow the gov.uk advice.

Step two: make sure you have the right information

Getting the correct paperwork and person for the registration is essential. Exactly what you need and how to proceed depends on the circumstances of the death. Please check these easy to follow government guidelines before booking an appointment. 

If the death happened abroad, there will be further advice for you to follow.

Step three: be aware of the costs

There is no fee to register a death. The registrar will give you the documents you will need to arrange a funeral in England and Wales and sort out the deceased’s estate.

Please note that there is a fee of £4 per certificate. You'll get this during your appointment. Any copies ordered after the initial appointment will be more expensive.

Please note that we can only accept card payments.

Step four: make an appointment

If you've read all of the guidelines, you’re now ready to make an appointment to come and see us at Bromley Public Hall, Bow Road, London E3 3AA.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept walk ins, so don’t forget to make an appointment. You can check our opening hours here.

Make an appointment

 

 

Please note that our register office does not take weekend appointments. However, we do have an Emergency Burial Certificate service available from 12-4pm on Saturdays and 9am-4pm on Sundays and bank holidays. If you require the emergency service, please call 07946 390 834.