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Register a death

All medical cause of death certificates must be scanned to us by the hospital or doctor. Once we have been sent this, please use our online form to confirm your contact details. You will be contacted by telephone to complete the registration as soon as possible.

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

The death must be registered within 5 days of the death occurring, unless it has been referred to the coroner. If this has happened, we need to discuss the next steps with you in more detail. Please complete our coroner referral form to request a call back.

If you are unsure if the death took place in Birmingham you can check which register office covers the area.

You can register the death if you’re:

  • a relative of the deceased (the person who died)
    • If you are a relative of the deceased you will not be able to register a death if you are self-isolating in line with Government advice.
    • If the deceased was exposure to COVID-19 and you have been in contact with them, you should be self-isolating in line with Government advice.
    • In these circumstances arrangements must be made for an alternative qualified informant to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the hospital or G.P. and attend the Register Office to register the death.
  • an alternative qualified informant could be another relative who is not self-isolating
  • someone present at the death
  • an administrator from the hospital
  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors

A maximum of two people should attend to register plus an interpreter if required

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 £11 each. Payment can be made by card or cash

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

You can order extra copies of a death certificate online after registering.

In the event that anyone arriving to register a death or still-birth is more than 10 minutes late, it may not be possible for the appointment to take place and your appointment may be rearranged. The rearranged appointment may not be on the same day.

If you would like to sit in a secluded area whilst waiting for your appointment, please speak to a receptionist when you arrive and you will be directed to our quiet room.