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This page gives you information about how to register a death.

To register a death you must book an appointment.

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If the coroner has been involved, call us on 0300 790 0341.

When can I register the death?

The death must be registered within five days of the death, unless the Coroner is investigating.

Where do I register the death?

The death must be registered at the register office in the district where the death occurred. If you are unable to attend the register office in the district where the death occurred, you can register the death by making a declaration to any Registrar of Births and Deaths in England or Wales. They will forward the declaration and any certificate fee to the correct registration district, who will record the death into their registers.

Any certificates requested and where applicable the form to allow the funeral to go ahead will be sent out by post. However this is a longer process and may delay the funeral. Before you register you should have a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the doctor or the hospital. The certificate will be supplied in a sealed envelope which must be delivered to the registrar unopened. If you do not have this certificate, you may need a notification from the coroner.

Who should register the death?

The law states that the following may register a death, in this order:

  • a relative of the deceased
  • a person present at the death
  • the occupier of the house or institution where the death took place only if there is no-one else more qualified to register
  • the person who is arranging the funeral (that is, the person instructing the funeral director)

What information will the registrar need?

You will need to bring the following information with you to your appointment:

  • date and place of death
  • full name of the deceased
  • maiden name of a woman, if she has been married
  • date and place of birth of the deceased
  • occupation of the deceased (and if a married woman, the full name, date of birth and occupation of her husband)
  • usual address of the deceased

If you have the National Health Service Medical Card, please bring this with you as well.

Tell us once

When someone has died, there are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them. One of these is contacting the government departments and local council services that need to be told.
The Tell Us Once service allows you to inform all the relevant central and local government departments about the person who has died by a single phone call or online contact with the Department of Work and Pensions.
This service offers help with other people you may need to notify such as:
  • Passport Office
  • DVLA 
To enable you to do this the registrar will provide you with a letter and reference number.
You will have 28 days to take up this service, after which your reference number will no longer be valid.

What documents will the registrar provide at the registration?

The registrar will issue you with a special green form to take to the funeral directors to allow you to make arrangements for the burial or cremation (in some cases this is issued by the coroner). You will also be given another form which should be completed and returned to the Department of Works and Pensions - this relates to state pensions and benefits.

How much will the registration cost?

The registration will cost nothing and the documents for you to give to the funeral director and the Department of Works and Pensions are also free of charge.

Death certificates

You can pay for additional copies when you register a death.

Follow this link to order additional copies of a death certificate.

Please note
When you have submitted your request you will be issued with a reference number which you will need to copy and use when you make your payment.

Correcting a mistake on a death certificate

If you made a mistake on a death registration it will be necessary for the person who registered the birth to prove that an error exists.

A registration is an historic record that records the details as they were intended to be on the day that the registration was completed. If you realise there is an error on a registration, you should contact the Register Office where the registration took place. There is a fee of £75 for a correction that the Register Office can complete and £90 if the correction needs to be sent to the Registrar General’s Office. These are consideration fees and non-refundable.

Application forms are supplied by the Register Office.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.15-4.15 by appointment only​


 Contact information

Luton Register Office
6 George Street West, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BJ
Tel: 0300 790 0341
Fax: 01582 429522
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