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Register a death

When someone dies in Birmingham, you should make an appointment to register their death at the Birmingham Register Office. There’s no charge for registering a death.

You can register the death if you’re:

  • a relative of the deceased (the person who died)
  • someone present at the death
  • an administrator from the hospital
  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors.

When you register a death you’ll get:

  • a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (green form), which gives permission for burial or cremation
  • a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8), which you may need to fill in and return if the deceased was getting a state pension or benefits.

You can buy additional death certificates on the day of registration for £4 each (cash payments only). Copy certificates then cost £7 each until the current register is full and has been archived. From then on copy certificates cost £10 each.  You should receive these within 3 working days.

If you need extra copies urgently, you can ask for them the same day. This will cost you £40 per certificate.

You can read more about registering a death on the Gov.uk website.