Register a death

You can register a death at the register office in Hanley or at the Royal Stoke University Hospital bereavement office.

A certificate for burial or cremation (known as the green form) - 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.  
 
You can buy additional death certificates.
 
A death must be registered within five days unless the registrar says this period may be extended. 
 
You need to make an appointment with the registrar to register a 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.