register a death

You are legally required to register a death within five days.
The death must be registered at the register office in the borough where the death took place.

If there is an investigation into the death, with the Coroner being involved, the death may be registered outside of the five days. If the investigation leads to an inquest then the registration will take place once the inquest has been held. The Coroner will contact the family to let them know when they are able to obtain death certificates from the register office

Deaths in Hammersmith and Fulham
If the deceased passed away in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, you will need to attend Hammersmith and Fulham Register Office for the registration.

The Register Office operates an appointment system Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. The easiest way to book an appointment is online or you can call us on 020 8753 2140.


Deaths outside of Hammersmith and Fulham
If the deceased passed away outside Hammersmith and Fulham, a declaration can be completed at a local Regsiter Office, but please ring the Register Office for further information.

Who can register the death?
Qualified informants can register a death. A qualified informant can be:

  • a relative who was present at the death
  • a relative in attendance during the last illness
  • a relative living in Hammersmith & Fulham
  • a person who was present at the death
  • an occupant of the house where the deceased was living
  • the person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director). A person arranging the funeral should only register a death if there are no relatives available.

If the informant does not speak or understand English, they need to bring someone who can translate for them.


What should I bring?
We need:

  • medical certificate of cause of death- issued from certifying doctor
  • Coroners post mortem form- issued directly to the Register Office

It would be helpful to bring:

  • passports or birth certificates
  • marriage or civil partnership certificates (if applicable)
  • £4.00 for each certificate (cash or card payment)
  • only a cheque or a postal order can be accepted for death declarations (£4.00 per certificate)

Certificates

  • £4.00 on the day of registration
  • £7.00 after the day of registration, while the register is still in use
  • £10.00 when the register is complete and has been archived

Documents you will receive

  • certificate for burial or cremation- separate procedures apply where the death has been referred to the Coroner
  • form for the Department of Work and Pensions

What information will I need?

    About the deceased:

  • date and place of death
  • first name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • any other names the deceased was otherwise or previously known by
  • maiden name (if applicable)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation and whether retired or not
  • address

Spouse/Civil partner of deceased:

  • first name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • if deceased or not
  • occupation
  • if retired or not
  • date of birth

Hammersmith Registrar Office
Contact details
The Register Office (Entrance on Nigel Playfair Avenue)
Hammersmith & Fulham Register Office
Hammersmith Town Hall
King Street
London
W6 9JU
E-mail: registeroffice@lbhf.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8753 2140

Normal opening hours
• Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Weekends by appointment only
PLEASE NOTE: On the last Thursday of each month the office will be open from 11am to 5pm (please check for last appointments)

Hounslow Registrar Office
Contact details
Email: registeroffice@hounslow.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8583 8798
Hounslow Register Office
Feltham Lodge
Harlington Road West
TW14 0JJ
Opening hours:

  • Monday – 9am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday – 9am – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 1.00pm closed in the afternoon
  • Thursday 9am – 4.30pm
  • Friday – 9am – 4.30pm

Kingston Registrar Office
Contact details
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Guildhall
High Street
Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU
E-mail: registrars@kingston.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8547 4600

Normal opening hours
• Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Weekends by appointment only

Ealing Registrar Office
Contact details
Email: registrars@ealing.gov.uk
Tel: (020) 8825 7272
Ealing Register Office
Ealing Town Hall
New Broadway
W5 2BY
Opening hours:Monday – 9am – 4pm
Please note: the office closes on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month for staff training at 12pm.


Kensington and Chelsea Registrar Office
Contact details
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kings Road
Chelsea
London
SW3 5EE
Tel: 020 7361 4100

Normal opening hours
• Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Saturday by appointment only

Westminster Registrar Office
Contact details
Tel: 020 7641 7500
Westminster Registration Office
Located at 317 Harrow Road
London
W9 3RJ.
Opening hours:
Monday – 9am – 4pm

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