Registering a death
You must register a death within five days unless the coroner is involved. A death should be registered in the registration district where it happened, which in Norfolk is in any of the nine registration offices in the county. If you cannot travel, you can go to any registrar in England or Wales to register the death 'by declaration' although this will delay the paperwork slightly.
Click here to book an appointment at any Norfolk Registration Office or telephone 0344 8008020.
You may need to make an appointment before registering a death. To find your local Registry Offices visit Norfolk County Council's website.
What the Registrar will need from you
When registering a death, you'll need to take a medical certificate of the cause of death (signed by a doctor).
You will also need the following information for the registrar:
- the deceased full name at death
- any name previously used, including maiden surname
- the deceased date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
- their last address
- their occupation
- the full name, occupation and date of birth of a surviving spouse or civil partner
- whether the deceased was receiving a state pension or any other state benefits.
Documents you will receive
You will then receive:
- a Certificate for Burial or Cremation, giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made
- a Certificate of Registration of Death; issued for social security purposes if the deceased received a state pension or benefits.
This service is free of charge unless you want certified copies of the register.
For more information including registering a still birth or what happens if a coroner is involved, then please follow one of the links below.
Contact Norfolk County Council
|contact officer/team:||General Enquiries|
|web:||online enquiry form|
|telephone:||0844 800 8020|
|fax:||0844 800 8012|
|minicom/textphone:||0844 800 8011|
|address:||Norfolk County Council
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Last updated on: 16 May 2013