Death in Surrey – How To Register

Death in Surrey: how to register a death in Surrey.

For death in Surrey, an appointment is required to register the death at one of Surrey County Councils offices. Call 0300 200 1002 to make an appointment.   Before reading any more of the information on how to register a death in Surrey, please watch the helpful video on the home page (click the link above) if you haven’t already.

Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

Then download our handy guide to the right “What the Registrar Needs.”

If you need professional help in dealing with probate (rather than in registering death in Surrey), contact us and we can help you through everything for a relatively modest fee.

If a death in Surrey has been referred to the coroner, it can’t be registered until the registrar has received the coroners authority. If the death hasn’t been referred (to the coroner) and you have a doctors medical certificate of cause of death, go to the registrar as soon as you can.

A death in Surrey must be registered within five days

unless the registrar specifically allows this period to be extended) normally in the district where the death occurred.

If you cannot attend the registrar’s office in the area where the death in Surrey occurred, the registration may take place in any registrars office in England or Wales. You will need to go to the relevant registrar to make a declaration of the details for the registration.

The declaration will be sent to the registrar of the district where the death in Surrey took place, to be formally registered. There will be a delay in death certificates being issued as this cannot be done until the death has been formally registered at the relevant sub-registry.

Who can register a death in Surrey?

It usually falls to a relative of the deceased to register the death.  If a relative is not available, the death can be registered by someone present at the death or perhaps the person instructing the funeral directors or, if the death was in a hospital, care or nursing home, a manager of the facility.

What happens at the register office?

When you go to the registrar take all these.

  • The Medical Certificate showing the cause of death.
  • The medical card, if you can.
  • The birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates, if possible.

When registering a death in Surrey, you should tell the registrar:

  • The date and place of death.
  • The deceased’s last normal address.
  • Their full name and surname (and the maiden name if the deceased was a woman who had married).
  • The place and date of birth (town and county if born in the UK, just country if born abroad).
  • The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner.
  • Whether the deceased was getting a state pension or allowance.
  • If they were married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of the widow, widower or civil partner.

The registrar will give you.

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (“the Green Form”) except if the coroner has issued an Order for Burial (on form 101) or Certificate for Cremation (on form E). These give permission for the burial to proceed or to apply for cremation. It should be given immediately to the funeral director so that the funeral can take place.
  • A Certificate of Registration of Death ( on form BD8(rev)). This is for Social Security purposes. Do read the back of the certificate. If it applies, fill in the certificate and send it to your Pension Centre or your local Jobcentre plus office.  More information on the Surrey County Council site.
  • Extra copies of the Death Certificates may be purchased from the Registrar for a fee – do buy extras at the time. They are cheaper then and they always come in useful. You can pay by cash, cheque, postal order or debit/credit card. You will need these death certificates to enable the executor to deal with the deceased’s finances.  Banks and insurance companies will need a death certificate for the executor to be able to close and to access accounts and funds. Most will insist that you send an original certificate and they will not accept a photocopy.  You should ask request that they return the certificate to you after they have processed it, but they may not and will probably be slow. Hence the need for multiple copies so the executor can write to all the institutions at once rather than waiting for each one (maybe) to return the death certificate.

If you later need additional copies of the death certificate – you can buy more from the register office where you registered the death – but the cost is then higher.

If you go to a register office other than the one for the sub-district where the death took place, the above certificates will have to be sent to you.

Here are details of the offices where you can register a death in Surrey.

Registering a Death in Surrey.

You can register  deaths by appointment only, at one of the six district registry offices: