Deaths: who should register

The death can be registered by:

  • any relative of the person who has died
  • a person who was present at the death
  • the occupier of the place where the death took place, if aware that the death had taken place
  • any person arranging the funeral – but not the funeral director.

If English is not the first language of the informant registering the death, it may be helpful for someone to accompany them to the register office to act as an interpreter and to give assistance in understanding the registration process. Please note however that the informant must register the death personally - a helper cannot register instead of them.