How to Register the Death

When someone dies at home or in a residential/nursing home, the doctor who was treating the deceased will issue a medical certificate stating the cause of death.

If the death occurs in hospital, the Medical Certificate of Death will be issued by the hospital doctor and not by the deceased’s doctor (you will be asked to call the hospital to arrange collection of this certificate).

The death will need to be registered in the area which the death occurred within 5 working days. In order to register the death you must be in possession of the medical certificate that states the cause of death.

  • The following paperwork is required by the Registrar:

    • Medical Certificate of Death
    • Medical Card of the Deceased (if available)
    • Birth Certificate (if available)
  • Information required by the Registrar:

    • Date and place of death
    • Full name and occupation of the deceased
    • Date and place of birth
    • Occupation and home address
  • The Registrar will issue you with:

    • Certificate for Burial or Cremation – which must be delivered to us as soon as possible.
    • A white certificate of Registration of Death to be completed and forwarded to the local office of the Department of Works and Pensions along with any benefit books which belong to the deceased.
    • Copies of Entry of Death in the registrar, which may be requried for dealing with the estate, may be purchased at the time of registration.
  • The Coroner:

    In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner, the procedure is somewhat different. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred.

  • Registrar opening times and contact details


    • Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AR,
    • Opening times Monday to Friday 09.30-16.30
    •  Telephone: 01332 256526/256535/256536

    Royal Derby Hospital

    • Bereavement Services: Uttoxeter New Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE22 3NE,
    • Opening times Monday to Friday 09.45 – 15.45
    • Telephone: 01332 785557


    • Civic Way, Swadlincote, DE11 0AH,
    • Opening times Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00 – 1.00, Wednesday 12.30 – 4.30
    • Telephone: 01629 533990

    Burton upon Trent

    • 57 – 60 High Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1JS,
    • Opening times Monday to Friday 9.00-16.30
    • Telephone: 01283 233301
  • Who can register a death?

    If the death takes place in a house or nursing/residential home –

    • A relative of the deceased
    • Someone present at the death
    • The occupier of the house or hospital if he or she knew of the death
    • Another person living at the house if he or she knew of the death
    • The person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

    Death occurring elsewhere –

    • A relative of the deceased
    • Someone present at the death
    • Someone who found the body
    • A person in charge of the body
    • The person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

    More information is available from our office and our team.

Get in touch

If you require guidance with making Funeral arrangements, contact the understanding professionals at G. E. Simnett & Family Funeral Directors in Chellaston.
To speak to a member of our team in Chellaston or Spondon, please contact us via the number listed at the top of our website. Alternatively if you wish to send us an email with any enquiries you can fill out the form located on the Contact Us page of this website.

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