Register a death
Changes to Registration Services
We are taking action to maintain services and prioritise key areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
However in line with government advice on social distancing, we are having to make some changes to our services.
If you (or anyone in your household) is showing any symptoms including a fever and/or a continuous cough, please do not visit the Register Office.
- Currently a death must be registered in person within five days, unless it has been referred to the Coroner. If the government makes any change to this process we’ll update the information on our website.
- We ask that only one person (and one translator if required) attends the Register Office to register the death.
You must register a death within five days of it occurring, unless it was referred to the coroner.
Who can register a death
Where possible a death should be registered by a relative of the person who has died, but other people who can register include:
• A person present at the death
• The owner or manager of the residential home where the death occurred
• The person responsible for organising the funeral
Where to register a death
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.
If the person died outside Brighton & Hove
The death will need to be registered at the local register office where the death occurred.
You can register by declaration in Brighton & Hove if you cannot travel, but this can delay the funeral by several days. phone 01273 292 016 to arrange to make a declaration.
Find out what to do when someone dies abroad.
What you’ll need to register the death
Usually the doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, this must be brought to your appointment.
If the Coroner’s office is involved, for example if the death was sudden or unexpected, they will advise you of what you need to do to register.
At the appointment, we’ll ask you for information about the person who has died:
- the date and place of the death
- their full name (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
It will help us to register the death if you could bring to your appointment some documents relating to the person who has died, but we can still register without them.
- 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 pol
It would also be helpful to produce the following documents relating to yourself:
- proof of address (council tax or utilities bill)
Adult Social Care
If the person who has died had any involvement with Adult Social Care, it is important to inform them of the death as soon as possible.
What we will give you
When the death has been registered we will give you a green certificate for burial or cremation. The funeral director will need this before the funeral can take place. In some cases this will be issued by the Coroner.
You can buy copies of the death certificate for £11 each. These will be needed for notifying banks, insurance, probate and other services.