Death Registration

death registration

If a death has occurred within England or Wales it must be registered within 5 days of the event occurring, unless the Coroner is involved.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner the death cannot be registered until the Coroner has completed their investigations.  Once completed, they will forward your details to the Registrar and the Registrar will contact you to proceed with the registration.

What The Registrar Will Ask

When making an appointment to register a person’s death you will be asked the following:

  • Have collected the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or have you an appointment to collect it?
  • What is the Name of the Deceased?
  • Where did the the person die?
  • What was the date of death?
  • What is your name and connection to the deceased?
  • You will be asked to provide your contact information.

When attending the appointment you will need to be able to provide the following information:

  • Medical certificate of Cause of Death.
  • Full name of the deceased.
  • Maiden name (if applicable).
  • The date and place of the deceased’s birth.
  • Date and place of their death.
  • Their last occupation.
  • If they receive any state pension or benefits and the reference numbers, if available.
  • If the deceased was married you will be asked the name and occupation of their spouse and the spouse’s date and place of birth.
  • If the deceased’s medical card is available to take to the appointment this should be taken. However this is not mandatory.

Local Registration Offices

Since March 2020 death registration has been taking place over the phone.

Appointments can be made by phoning:

Essex County Death Registration (For deaths within Essex, excluding Southend): 0345 603 7632

Southend: 01702 215009

The registrar will ask for the funeral directors email address.  Our email is: 

Instead of the family having to collect the medical certificate of death from the doctors, Hospital and Community Doctors will now send this electronically to the Registrars offices.

Payments for the certificates will be taken by phone and the Death certificate will be posted to the family. They will not be sent electronically. (Death Certificate £11.00 each.)

The Registrar’s Certificate of Burial or Cremation (The Green Form) will be issued electronically to the Funeral Director and Crematorium/Cemetery.  This will allow the funeral director to proceed with the funeral arrangements.

Once you have had your telephone appointment with the Registrar, please contact us to make an appointment to discuss the funeral arrangements.


Essex County Council

For deaths in Essex (except Southend) you can book your registration appointment online via Essex County Council


For Southend registrations, you can book online at Southend-On-Sea Borough Council

Certificate Costs

Essex County Council will charge £11.00 for each certificate required.



South Benfleet Registration Office
South Benfleet Library,
264 High Road, South Benfleet,
Essex SS7 5HD

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm


Basildon Registration Office
Basildon Library,
St Martin’s Square,
Basildon, Essex,
SS14 1EE
Open: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm


Rayleigh Registration Office
Rayleigh Library,
132-134 High Street, Rayleigh,
Essex SS6 7BX

Open: Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm


Rochford Registration Office
Rochford Library
8 Roche Close, Rochford
Essex SS4 1PX

Open: Thursday:

Southend Civic Centre

Southend Registry Office
Southend Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue

Open: Monday – Friday, 9:10am – 3:45pm

Southend Hospital

Southend Hospital Bereavement Suite
Prittlewell Chase
Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 0RY

Open: Monday – Friday: 9:15am – 4:30pm