Registering a death
How to register a death
When a person dies the death must be registered within 5 days of
the date of death. This can be extended in certain
It is essential that you have the Medical Certificate of cause
of death from the doctor before registering. This does not
apply when the Coroner is involved.
The death should be registered in the district where it
occurred, although a death can be registered by declaration at any
other Register Office in England and Wales. If a declaration
is made then the certificates and paperwork will be delayed.
For further details please contact the Register Office.
To register a death please contact the
Neath Port Talbot Register Office to arrange an
The death may be registered in Welsh and English (but not Welsh
only) providing that the person registering the death is a Welsh
speaker. As not all Registrars are Welsh speaking, it is
advisable you inform the Registrar you wish to register the death
bi-lingually. This will help determine if a Welsh speaking
registrar will be available.
Who can register a death?
The following people may register a death:
- A relative of the deceased;
- A person present at the death;
- The occupier of the premises if he or she knew the death had
- A person arranging the funeral (this does not mean the Funeral
What information will the registrar need?
It would be helpful if any of the following documents of the
deceased could be brought to the registration appointment:
- Birth Certificate;
- Marriage Certificate;
- Civil Partnership Certificate;
- Driving Licence;
- Proof of Address (Utility Bill);
- NHS Medical Card.
If none of the above documents are available this will not
prevent the registration from taking place. However, it would
be helpful to provide them wherever possible so that we can ensure
the registration is recorded accurately.
The registration will be held in private with the Registrar who
will ask questions in respect of the deceased, you will need to
know the following information:
- The date and place of death;
- The full name and surname of the deceased;
- The date and place of birth;
- the occupation of the deceased and the full name and occupation
of their spouse or civil partner
- the deceased's usual home address
- the date of birth of the deceased's spouse or civil
- details of any public sector pension
- the NHS medical card number for the deceased if
Once the registration has been completed, the Registrar will ask
you to check that all the details are correct before signing the
Register. You should check the information carefully before signing
as any errors found after the registration has been completed will
involve a formal correction procedure.
What documents will I be given by the registrar?
The Registrar will give you either a green or yellow form for
the funeral director which will enable you to make the funeral
arrangements, there is no charge for these forms. If the
death was referred to the Coroner other procedures may
You will also be given a white form for Social Security purposes
in respect of state pensions and benefits.
Death Certificates can be purchased for a fee of £4.00 each at
the time of registration. This cost rises to £7 immediately
after the day of registration and then to £10 one month after the
register has been filled and closed. It is therefore
advisable that you decide before registering how many certificates
you will require.
Please be aware that there are times when the doctor or
registrar needs to contact the Coroner. On such occasions, the
registration might be delayed. If a post mortem or inquest has been
held, the Coroner will keep you informed of the process.
Registration of a Jewish or Muslim death
We recognise that in some faiths, burial has to take place
within 24 hours of death.
To ensure that loved ones can be buried meeting the religious
timescales, if the death occurred in the district, a Registrar can
be made available to register the death and issue appropriate
paperwork for a funeral to take place. Please contact the
Funeral Director to make arrangements.
Further Information is available on the Welsh Assembly
Government and the
Welsh Local Government Association website and endorsed by
the Faith Communities Forum.