Please see the Devon County Council births, deaths and ceremonies page for all the latest information about how COVID-19 is affecting our services in Devon.
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.
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:
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.