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.

Unless the Coroner is investigating, the death should be registered within 5 days of the death occurring.

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 £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.

Book an appointment to register a death

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