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Guide: Register a death

Part 1 How to register a death

A death should normally be registered within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. See Part 3 of this guide for more information.

You need to make an appointment to register a death. Please phone 0345 155 1002 in order to do so.

Who can register a death?

It is preferable for a relative of the deceased to register the death. If a relative is not available then the following people can register the death:

  • someone present at the death
  • the occupier of the house where the death occurred or an administrator of the hospital
  • the person making arrangements with the funeral directors.

Where can I register a death?

You can register the death at the registration office which is most convenient for you, however it is recommended that the death is registered in the district in which it took place. There are 10 registration offices in the Devon area. Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council have their own responsibility for registration services.