A death should normally be registered within five days unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
Where to register a death
If the death occurred in Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay) you can register it at any of our 10 registration offices.
If the death occurred outside Devon, you could declare it at one of our register offices, but we will have to send the documents to the district in which the death occurred meaning the process will take a little longer.
Book an appointment
Please call us on 0345 155 1002 to book an appointment.
Who can register a death
See GOV.UK: Register a death to find out who should register the death and what else you need to do.
What else do you need to do?
Use the government’s guide about what to do when someone dies to check what to do after a death.
You will find helpful advice about what to do if:
Frequently Asked Questions:Deaths
What will I need to take to register a death?
Use the government’s guide about what to do when someone dies to find out everything else you need to know about registering a death.
What documents will I be given?
You will be given a:
- Certificate for Burial or Cremation. This will need to be given to the funeral director
- Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8). This form may need to be filled out if the person was getting a State Pension or any other benefits
Death certificates may be purchased from the registrar on the day of registration. It is likely that you will need certificates when it comes to sorting out the person’s affairs.
What is the Tell Us Once Service?
Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.
How do I register a stillbirth?
Please see Register a stillbirth.
What happens if a death is reported to a coroner?
See GOV.UK: When a death is reported to a coroner for more information.
There are 10 registration offices across Devon.
How to get a copy of a birth certificate.
Find out how to correct the details on a death certificate.