Register a death

A death must be registered within five days unless the registrar says this period may be extended. A death must be registered by relative or someone present at the death.

If a coroner has been involved it may be necessary to wait for the coroner to issue documents to the registrar before an appointment can be made.
The death should be registered in the district where the death occurred. If the death occurred in Stoke-on-Trent, you can make an appointment to register the death at the register office in Hanley Town Hall, or at the Royal Stoke University Hospital (if the death occurred there). 
Royal Stoke University Hospital is in Stoke-on-Trent. the registrar is based in the PALS office in the main building. You will need to make an appointment to register the death and you will be able to buy a certificate at the same time for £11 each. 
If you choose to see a registrar outside Stoke-on-Trent, they will record the details on a form of declaration and send it to us to be entered onto the death register.
You should then wait three working days from the date of declaration before applying to Stoke-on-Trent register office for a certificate. Call us on the number below to apply and make a payment of £11 per certificate, which will then be posted to you. 

This may cause a delay in organising the funeral.

The registrar will give you:

  • a certificate for burial or cremation (known as the green form) – this allows the funeral to take place.  Sometimes a coroner will issue an alternative certificate allowing the burial or cremation to take place
  • a certificate of registration of death (Form BD8/344) is for social security purposes
  • a death certificate, there is a fee for this and you can buy additional death certificates if required