Birmingham Register Office - Registering a Death
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When someone dies you need to register his or her death at the Register Office in the area where the death took place. The death should be registered within five days of when it took place, unless the death has been referred to the Coroner.
Birmingham Register Office has an appointment only system. Please ring 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904 to make an appointment.
We apologise as our phone line is very busy and some customers are having difficulties getting through. You can fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page, and we will call you back to arrange a suitable appointment for you.
Access to roads around the Register Office are affected by the development of Paradise in the city centre, please check the access update website for current information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I register the death?
You can register a death at:
Birmingham Register Office, Holliday Wharf, Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TJ.
You can view our location on this Map.
Who can register the death?
A relative normally registers the death. Other persons who are able to register in order of preference are:
- 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 (this does not include the funeral director)
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to take the medical certificate of cause of death with you. You will get this from the doctor or the bereavement officer at the hospital. Alternatively, if there has been a post mortem, the coroner may issue the document you require to register the death. The doctor or hospital will advise you in these circumstances.
It would be helpful if you can also bring the deceased's:
- birth certificate
- marriage / civil partnership certificate
- NHS Medical Card
What information will I need to give?
You will need to provide the following information about the deceased:
- The date and place of death
- The full name of the person who has died (this should be the name they used at the time of their death)
- Any other names they may have been known as. For example, they may have changed their name by deed poll.
- Their date and place of birth (town and county, or country if born outside England and Wales)
- Their job and whether they were retired
- Their usual address
If the person who died was a married person or in a civil partnership or widowed, you will also need to know:
- In the case of a woman, her surname before she first married or registered her civil partnership
- The full name and occupation of the deceased's wife, husband or civil partner
You will need to give your full name and address. You will also be asked to give your relationship to the person who died, for example: son, daughter, widow, widower, niece, nephew, surviving civil partner, or the person making the funeral arrangements.
You will also be asked to answer the questions below. This information is used for government statistics and is kept confidential.
- Was the person who died married or in a civil partnership?
- If their husband or wife or civil partner is still living,what is their date of birth?
- How long did the person stay in hospital or other establishment, for example a hospice?
- Was the person under 75? If they were, what industry did they work in?
- Did they get a pension paid from government funds? This includes the civil service, teachers, armed forces and war widows. This does not include the state pension or pension credits. You will be asked this so that the registrar can let the relevant department know the person has died.
- Have you found a medical card showing the person NHS number?
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for registering a death. There is a fee payable for any death certificates you may require.
What documents will I receive?
Once you have completed the registration, the registrar will normally give you a
green form to give to the funeral director; and a white form (called a BD8) that you can send off with any benefit or pension details to the Department for Work and Pensions. There is no charge for these forms.
How much is a death certificate?
You will also be able to obtain death certificates for £4.00 on the day of registration. Payment for certificates should be made in cash. After registration, certificates cost £7.00. Once the register is full it is placed in the archives and certificates will then cost £10.00 each.
You will need these certificates when you are sorting out the finances of the person who has died. For example, banks and insurance companies will probably need a death certificate to allow access to accounts and funds.
What do I do if the death has been reported to the coroner?
The coroner’s office will advise you of the procedure and possible time frames. Once the coroner has told you that you can register the death, please call us on 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904 to make an appointment.
What if a relative cannot attend to register the death?
You will need to speak to us, as each case can be different, please telephone us on 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904.
What if I do not live in Birmingham and can not attend at Birmingham Register Office?
You will need to speak to us, as each case can be different, please
telephone us on 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904.
What if my religion requires burial within 24 hours?
A registrar can be available to issue the necessary forms at specific times on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Funeral Directors have full details of how to use this service.
For more information see our Emergency Bereavement Service page.
What is 'Tell Us Once'?
Tell Us Once is a free and simple service which can securely pass information about a death directly onto a range of public sector organisations. To find out more see our Tell Us Once page.
You can find further practical advice and support, after the loss of a relative or friend at www.birminghambereavementadvice.org.uk. The site can help you with:
- what to do first
- finding a funeral director
- probate and legal procedures
- money and tax issues
- finding support
- preventing junk mail being sent to the deceased
The site is supported by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, NHS West Midlands and Bereavement Advice Centre.
The information you provide is confidential and subject to the requirements of the Data protection Act 1998. This personal data will be held and processed by Birmingham City Council for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry.
Any data may be used to prevent fraud or the misuse of resources. For further information of our privacy notice, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/privacy