Arranging a Funeral

How to register a death

The death must be registered in the District where the death has occurred. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland this must be done within 5 days, and in Scotland within 8 days.

Who can register a death?

  1. A close relative of the person who has died
  2. A relative in attendance during last illness
  3. A relative living in the district where the death occurred
  4. A person present at the time of death
  5. The person arranging the funeral

Documents you will need to take with you

  • Medical Certificate of cause of death
  • National Health Service Medical Card (if available)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificates/Civil Partnership Certificates (If applicable)

Information required by the Registrar

  1. The person's full name at time of death
  2. Any previous names used including maiden name
  3. Date and place of death
  4. Date and place of birth
  5. Their occupation
  6. Details of the surviving spouse or civil partner
  7. Whether they were receiving state pension or any other benefits

Documents the Registrar will give you

Once the Registrar has all the information they require, and this has been entered in the Register, they will give you:-

a) A Death Certificate – This is a certified copy of the entry in the death register. Additional copies can be purchased if these are required for probate, bank or building society accounts, pensions or insurance policies. Copies can be purchased at a cost of £4.00 in England and Wales, £5.5 in Northern Ireland and £8.50 in Scotland

b) Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation. – This is a green form and gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. This document should be given to the Funeral Director as soon as possible.

c) A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) issued for Social Security purposes if the person received a state pension. This needs to be completed and returned to the Pensions Department if necessary.


Registrar's Office

Dewsbury Register Office
The Town Hall
Wakefield Old Road, WF12 8DG
Tel: 01924 324733
Bradford and Keighley Register Office
City Hall, Centenary Square
Tel: 01274 432151
Huddersfield Register Office
Huddersfield Town Hall
Ramsden Street, HD1 2TA
Tel: 01484 221030
The Register Office, Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow
Tel: 0113 224 3622
If the person died in the Bradford District you can register the death at the Register Office in Bradford or at Keighley Town Hall. You must make an appointment to register by telephoning 01274 432151 before you come in. A death can also be registered at the Bradford Royal Infirmary or Airedale General Hospital but you must make an appointment through one of their bereavement officers. For the Bradford Royal Infirmary please telephone 01274 364477 and for Airedale Hospital please telephone 01535 652511 and ask for the bereavement officer.