Register a death

You must register a death within the Swindon area, with the Registration Service within five days of it happening. Before taking any action, you will need the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), which is issued by the GP, hospital or bereavement office. 

If it is difficult to come to Swindon within the five days, then you can arrange to present the information to any other register office, who will pass it on to us. However, the death must still be registered in Swindon.

If the death has been reported to the coroner, you will not be able to register the death until the coroner has completed their investigation. You can find out about when a death is reported to the coroner on GOV.UK.

Contact the Swindon Registration Service to make an appointment for the registering of a death.

Who can register the death

You can register the death if you are:

  • A relative present at the death
  • A relative present during the last illness
  • A relative living in the registration district
  • A non-related person present at the death
  • The occupier of the premises, if aware of the death happening
  • The person arranging the funeral (but not the funeral director)

Others may be acceptable in certain circumstances.

Meeting with the registrar

When you register a death, you will be seen in private and asked questions about the person who has died. The registrar will write the details in the register of deaths and will also enter them on to a computer. You will be asked to check the information entered in the register carefully and to sign that it is correct.

To register a death, we will need information about the person who died:

  • The date and place of death
  • Their full name
  • Their maiden surname, if applicable (and information about another names used)
  • Their date and place of birth
  • The occupation
  • Their address
  • The full names and occupation of their spouse or civil partner if they were married or in civil partnership
  • Their NHS number or medical card (if possible)
  • Details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, such as State Pension
  • Your name and address

You will need the following documents with you:

  • A medical certificate of the cause of death from the doctor and/or notification from the coroner (this is essential - a death cannot be registered without it)
  • The deceased's birth certificate (if possible)
  • The deceased marriage or civil partnership certificate (if possible)
  • The deceased's NHS medical card (if possible)

What will it cost 

Registration of a death, including the document to enable you to arrange the burial or cremation is free of charge. However, there is a charge for certified copies of the death entry (Death Certificate).

Further Information

You may find further useful information on the Tell Us Once Service and Registering a Stillbirth webpages.

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