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Register a death

How to register a death and the information you will need.

You should register the death within 5 days unless the coroner has requested a post mortem or an inquest.

Where to register the death

You can register a death in Dorset at one of the following offices:

Blandford Registration Office

Bridport Registration Office

Christchurch Registration Office

Dorchester Register Office

Ferndown Registration Office

Gillingham Registration Office

Sherborne Registration Office

Swanage Registration Office

Wareham Registration Office

Weymouth Registration Office

View a map of Dorset Registration Service Offices

Who should register the death

A relative should register the death.

If a relative can't register the death, you can do it if you:

  • were there at the time of death
  • are an administrator from the hospital (if the person died in hospital)
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements

What to bring to the appointment

Bring the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.

If the coroner has ordered a post-mortem these details will be sent to the registrar.

If available (but don't worry if not), also take the person's:

  • birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • passport
  • proof of address (eg utility bill)

You'll need to tell the registrar:

  • the person's full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • the person's date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.

Documents you'll be given at the appointment

When you register a death you'll get:

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation (green form) which allows the funeral to go ahead
  • a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits
  • you can also buy copies of the Death Certificate which cost £4.00 each

Tell Us Once service

We can notify other government departments and local councils about the death for you through our Tell Us Once service if you wish. This includes those dealing with state benefits, housing/council tax benefits, passports and driving licences.

If the death occurred outside of Dorset

You can still register the death at a Dorset register office.

We'll send the details to the district where the death occurred and the death will be registered there. They'll send you the green form and BD8 form. 

For more information please visit Directgov (opens in a new window).

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