Register a death
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.
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)
- 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. Copy certificates then cost £7 each until the current register is full and has been archived. From then on copy certificates cost £10 each. ou 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 £50 per certificate.
You can read more about registering a death on the Gov.uk website.