You must register a death within five days of it occurring, unless it was referred to the coroner.

Where to register a death

You are required to register a death within five days of it occurring, unless it was referred to a coroner. Even in most coroner's cases, deaths should still be registered within seven days.

The death must be registered at the local register office in the registration district where the death occurred. For deaths in Brighton & Hove, this is Brighton Town Hall.

You can book an appointment to register a death online or phone 01273 292 016.

Registration is free. You can buy a copy of the death certificate at registration for £11. You can also buy extra copies of the death certificate at any time.

Who can register a death

GOV.UK provides information about who can register a death depending on the circumstances.

What you should take to the appointment

When you have booked a registration appointment, you will be asked to bring the following documents relating to the person who has died.

Depending on the circumstances of the death we may ask for the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. It will help us to register the death if you could bring as many of the following as possible:

  • passport
  • proof of address (council tax bill or utilities bill)
  • if applicable their marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • birth certificate
  • if applicable any name change documents such as name deed/deed poll
  • It would also be helpful to produce the following documents relating to yourself:
  • proof of address (council tax or utilities bill)

Information you’ll need to provide

At the appointment, we’ll ask you for information about the deceased:

  • the date and place of the death
  • the full name of the person who has died (and any names they have previously been known by)
  • their date and place of birth
  • their occupation (and if applicable the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)
  • their usual address
  • if the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their surviving spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were receiving a pension from public funds
  • their medical card