What Happens At The Register Office

When you go to the Registrar you should take all these:

  • The Medical Certificate of the cause of the death given by the doctor or the Pink Form (form 100) given to you by the Coroner
  • The deceased’s medical card, if possible
  • The deceased’s birth and marriage certificates, if available.

You should tell the Registrar:

  • The date and place of death.
  • The deceased’s last (usual) address.
  • The deceased’s first names and surname (and the maiden name where appropriate).
  • The deceased’s date and place of birth (town and country if born in the UK, and country if born abroad).
  • The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse.
  • Whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds.
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

What the Registrar will give you:

The Registrar who registers the death will give you the Certificate for Burial (known as the Green Form), unless the Coroner has already given you an Order for Burial (form 101). For a stillbirth, you will instead be given a Certificate of Registration of Stillbirth. If a post mortem is required and the death is confirmed to be from natural causes, the coroner will issue a Coroners Certificate directly to the registrar. To make sure this has been received please get in touch with the register office. The above forms (only one of them is required, not both) give permission for the body to be buried. No burial can take place at the cemetery without presenting one of these forms to cemetery staff. In addition, certain other paperwork including the Death Certificate is obtained at the same time as the death is registered.