Register a death

A death should normally be registered within five days, unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death. A death cannot be registered until a medical certificate of the cause of death has been issued. This may be issued by the family doctor, the hospital doctor via the Patient Affairs Officer. In cases where it is necessary to have a post-mortem, the coroner’s officer will contact you to tell you that you are able to arrange an appointment with the Register Office to register the death. In some cases after post-mortem the Coroner can initiate an inquest into the death if the cause of the death is found not to be by natural causes or is a sudden unexpected death.

Once you have registered the death, you can use our Tell Us Once service to notify other agencies/departments.

Who can register the death?

  • A relative, normally by blood or marriage (ie: daughter, son, cousin, son-in-law etc).
  • A person present at the death.
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he / she knew about it.
  • The person arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director).

Where do I go?

To register a death, you must contact the register office in the district where the death occurred to make an appointment.

Contact details for Slough Register Office.

If it is more convenient, you are able to make a death declaration at any register office in England and Wales. The register office will complete the declaration and then send the documents to the register office in the district where the death occurred. You would therefore have to wait for the required forms to be issued by the registration district after receipt of the declaration, which could cause delay in dealing with the deceased’s funeral arrangements and their estate. 

What do I need to take with me?

  • The medical certificate issue by the doctor treating the final illness of the person who died, without this certificate the registrar will not be able to register the death.
  • If a post mortem has taken place by the coroner will issue the relevant documentation required by the registrar directly to the registrar and the coroner will advise you of this enabling you to contact the register office to make an appointment.
  • The deceased persons birth certificate and medical card ( these are not essential but could be helpful in ensuring that all the deceased’s details are correct in the registration. 
  • If you wish to use the Slough Borough Council "Tell Us Once" service, there will be other documents and information regarding the services, benefits and entitlements that the deceased may have had. For more information see Tell Us Once.

What will the registrar ask me?

  • The date and place of death.
  • The full name and surname of the deceased person ( and the maiden name if the deceased was a married woman/civil partner.
  • The date and place of birth of the deceased.
  • The occupation of the deceased and if the deceased person was a married woman, the full name and occupation of her husband.
  • The deceased’s usual address.
  • The deceased’s last occupation.
  • If the deceased was married, widowed or registered in a formal civil partnership, the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner.
  • The date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner.
  • Details of any public sector pension (eg: civil service, teacher, armed forces).

Once the registration has been completed, the registrar will ask you to check that all the details in the registration are correct before signing the registration.
You should check the information very carefully before signing.

The registrar will issue you with "a green form" which will allow you to arrange the cremation / burial and a form for Social Security purposes (BD8). There are no charges for either form.

If a coroner is involved and you wish a cremation, the "green form" is not issued as this is dealt with by the coroner.

Death Certificates

At the time of registration each copy of the registration entry (death certificate) can be purchased at a cost of £11 each.

Further copies of certificates can always be obtained at a later date if required.

Payment for certificates can be made by either cash or credit / debit card

What if I need to arrange a funeral quickly?

If you have a medical certificate and it is for religious reasons, then the funeral director will normally liaise with Slough Crematorium and the Register Office.