How to Register a Death

The Law requires that all deaths are registered in the District in which they occur.
The GP will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, which is then required to be taken to the District Registrar (with, if possible, the deceased's Medical Card) by one of the following:
  • A relative of the deceased who is present at death
  • A relative of the deceased who was in attendance during the illness
  • A relative residing or being in the District where the death occurred
  • A person present at death
  • The occupier of the house, if they knew of the happening of the death
  • Any inmate of the house, if they knew of the happening of the death
  • The person dealing with the disposal of the body
  • Not the Funeral Director
The procedure when you go the Registrar is very straightforward and the following questions will be asked:
  • Date and place of birth and death
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Marriage status of the deceased
  • Home address of the deceased
  • If the deceased is male (even if retired), his last occupation
  • If the deceased is female (either married or a widow), her maiden name and her husband's full name and occupation, and her own occupation
  • If married at date of death, the date of birth of the surviving partner
The Registrar will then issue the following:
  • A Green Certificate which is required by the Funeral Director for either Cremation or Burial
  • A copy of the Certified Entry of Death (otherwise known as the Death Certificate). Additional copies of this may be obtained from the Registrar upon payment of the appropriate fee, should they be required for legal purposes. The Registrar will advise on this.
  • A White Certificate of Death, which is required should you wish to claim any NI Benefits. NB: should the death be notified to the Coroner and the funeral service is to be a Cremation, then Registration can be effected after the funeral - see the section on the Coroner for more details.

You must make an appointment to register a death.  To do this you can either phone the booking office on 01903 839007 or visit the West Sussex County Council Registrars Website. Both the phone number and the website cover all the Registrars in West Sussex.

Our Head Office is located at:
130 Broadwater Road,
West Sussex,
BN14 8HU
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Our phones are manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call on (01903) 234516